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Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:48 pm
by American Dream
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer targeted by supporters of pro-Trump conspiracy theory

Police says they investigating the incident, which they described as "suspicious."


Fans of a baseless pro-Trump conspiracy theory have a new target: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with the president.

On Sunday, the shadowy figure at the center of the “QAnon” conspiracy theory — who claims to be a high-ranking government official with top-secret security clearance — posted a link to Avenatti’s website on the 8chan imageboard. He then posted two photos showing the exterior of Avenatti’s office building in Newport Beach, California, along with the message, “Buckle up!”

Approximately one hour later, “Q” posted another photo of a man standing near Avenatti’s office. He appeared to be holding a cell phone in one hand and a long, thin object in the other. It was unclear whether the man worked for Avenatti, was a QAnon follower, or was simply a pedestrian unaware he was being photographed.


In an interview with the Daily Beast, Avenatti suggested the man could be holding a shank. “That’s not a set of keys,” he said. “It also looks like he’s wearing a toupee of some sort. And not a very good one I might add.” Avenatti added that since he was mentioned by Q, the number of threats against him had quadrupled.

Newport Beach Police Department said they were looking into the incident ,which they described as “suspicious circumstances.”

QAnon has replaced Pizzagate as the go-to conspiracy theory for the Trump-friendly, fringe sections of the internet, ever since a Pizzagate supporter inadvertently debunked the theory himself by barging into Comet Ping Pong pizzeria with an AR-15 in December and firing three shots. He was looking for child sex trafficking tunnels like the ones described by ardent supporters of the Pizzagate conspiracy, but, unsurprisingly, found none.

“We [got] 30 to 40 calls a day about this bullshit,” one employee told ThinkProgress at the time. “There are staff members as young as 19 that work there and they have to deal with this. It’s real, real sad.”

The man was later arrested, charged, and convicted on several counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon. In June last year, he was sentenced to four years in prison.

But the implosion of Pizzagate did not stop followers from latching onto the QAnon conspiracy. In a nutshell, it claims a secretive cabal of Deep State global elites (including, but not limited to, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, George Soros, the Pope, the Queen, the DNC, the Saudi Royal Family) are responsible for all of the world’s evil, and also like to indulge in child abuse and pedophilia. Standing up to them are Trump, the U.S. Special Forces and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is supposedly using the Russia investigation as a front to deliver sealed indictments against all of the global Deep State cabal.

The QAnon theory is expansive and explosive enough to welcome smaller conspiracy theories into fold. Veterans on Patrol, an Arizona-based group whose leader is not actually a veteran, has spent the last two months claiming that an abandoned homeless shelter in Arizona was actually a front for a child sex camp — despite repeated independent investigations concluding otherwise.

Despite the ridiculous nature of Q’s claims, the theory has begun to seep into the mainstream. Last Tuesday, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro retweeted “Praying Medic” an account which is one of the main QAnon promoters on Twitter. Shapiro’s followers include high-level Republican lawmakers, as well as the president’s two elder sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, and his daughter, Ivanka, who currently serves as adviser to the president. ... 1f07d0e1f/

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:57 pm
by American Dream
Jim Bakker: ‘They’re Going To Begin To Kill The Christian Leaders In This Country’

By Kyle Mantyla | July 31, 2018 2:18 pm

End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker warned on his television program last week that God had told him that the time is rapidly approaching when Christian leaders in America will be murdered by left-wing activists.

Bakker was discussing the chaos and controversy surrounding a movie about Roe v. Wade that is being made by and stars right-wing activists—including cameos by Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren—when he was prompted to issue this dire warning.

“They don’t want the truth to come out and here in America, we don’t have the freedom to produce a movie that tells the other side,” Bakker bellowed. “People, you don’t understand where we are.I’ve been hesitating to tell you what’s going to come next—one of the things—but they’re going to begin to kill the Christian leaders in this country. I don’t want to say it—I’ve known it for many, many years—but I knew it would come and I believe God has told me that it’s going to happen very, very soon. ... s-country/

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:35 pm
by American Dream
QAnon Meets The Mainstream At Tampa Trump Rally


As ThinkProgress reporter Luke Barnes aptly points out, part of the reason that the QAnon conspiracy theory has sustained growth for so long is that it exists as a big tent under which countless other theories have been folded. To see how this works, there is a handy flowchart put together by a QAnon theorist who believes it is all true. Barnes writes:

The expansive nature of the QAnon theory — it involves everything from banking conspiracies to claims of Satanic Abuse and supposed child sex trafficking by Democratic lawmakers and public figures — means that smaller theories can be adopted into the fold as offshoots. For example, over the last two months in Arizona, a group called Veterans on Patrol has been “investigating” what they claim is an abandoned “child sex camp” tied to QAnon, and have been harassing public officials who say that those claims are bogus.

Another aspect of the QAnon conspiracy theory that makes it so infectious to its adherents is the belief that their theories are being noticed and validated by the Trump administration. Supporters have claimed that Trump is nodding to them by reciting snippets of slogans associated with the conspiracy theory, and have alleged that Trump is making hand gestures to signal to them.

Much like the “Pizzagate” conspiracies of years past, the QAnon conspiracy theory has become a surprisingly hearty side dish within pro-Trump media diets across the country, and plays to conspiracy theories about satanic pedophilia rings that have permeated in the American zeitgeist since the 1980s. It’s one of many symptoms of the new reality that Trump and his accessories have successfully validated among his supporters—an alternate reality in which the news is “fake” and the “deep state” clique is out to sabotage American patriots. ... ump-rally/

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:39 am
by American Dream
A list of the right-wing amplifiers of the QAnon conspiracy theory



While the unhinged conspiracy theory known as “QAnon,” or “The Storm,” has been gaining traction online among President Donald Trump’s supporters since October 2017, it was Tuesday night when it finally jumped to the mainstream in the form of shirts and signs that were prominently visible at a Trump campaign rally in Tampa, FL. Supporters of QAnon believe “a high-level government insider with Q clearance” is anonymously posting clues informing the public of Trump’s master plan to undermine the “deep state” and dismantle pedophilia rings supposedly linked to powerful celebrities and politicians.

While the theory has its murky origins on 4chan and 8chan -- message boards best known for serving as the source of hoaxes and organized harassment campaigns -- many prominent right-wing figures, websites, and social media accounts have helped amplify QAnon. And the consequences of its unfettered growth could be dangerous. A man is facing terrorism charges in Arizona for using an armored vehicle to stop traffic on a bridge near the Hoover Dam with demands and letters clearly inspired by QAanon. Similarly, “Pizzagate,” a pedophilia-focused conspiracy theory fueled by Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election, inspired a man to open fire inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria.

Below is a growing list of right-wing media figures, politicians, websites, and social media accounts that have carelessly amplified QAnon by either evangelizing its tenets to their followers or neutrally presenting the conspiracy theory through their influential platforms without clarifying to their audiences that the whole thing is a baseless canard.

Continues: ... ory/220890

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:46 am
by seemslikeadream

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:07 pm
by American Dream
‘Please Don’t Let The Bad Guys Win’: Jerome Corsi’s Call To Prayer For 2018 Elections Attacks Soros

By Kyle Mantyla | August 3, 2018 11:05 am

Last month, Infowars Washington bureau chief, ardent right-wing conspiracy theorist, and prominent birther Jerome Corsi launched his own website called Corsi Nation. Yesterday, Corsi tweeted out a video asking people to join with Corsi Nation in “prayer for the victory of the mid-term elections.”

The new video posted on Corsi Nation features biblical quotes guaranteeing that anything asked for in prayer will be granted and asks God to “please defeat your enemies” as well as to “please protect our president from assassination” before featuring a photo of a little girl in prayer along with the message, “Please don’t let the bad guys win.” Finally, the video urges people to come together “in asking for God’s hand in these elections.”

The Corsi Nation website also features a list of prayer points upon which conservatives should focus in this election, including:

the removal of all voting machines that are funded and backed by George Soros and the cancelling of scheduled upgrades of machines in states that have been linked to voter fraud and all other electronic counting machines which do not report accurate election results.

the stopping of the interference of financiers, financial institutions, and individuals such as George Soros and others who are funding groups, funding the propagation and acceptance of election machines and equipment which are designed to steal elections and to report fraudulent results, by miscounting, by using algorithms that skew results and favor preset agendas and outcomes.

the appropriate immediate and effective legal and legislative measures as required to stop the shadow banning, content deletion, censoring, and silencing of news and truth on all news and broadcast outlets, on television, radio, in digital and print, as well as social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit and others.

the silencing of the constant hatred and animosity toward President Donald Trump, his supporters and those candidates who stand for God’s Will in their platforms, campaigns, and actions.

the stopping and exposure of all attempts to program the subconscious minds of the people through repetitive propaganda, subliminal advertsing, repetitive news narratives, fake news, and psychopolitics. ... cks-soros/

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:41 pm
by elfismiles
From 8chan to YouTube and Trump rallies: how a right-wing conspiracy theory is going mainstream
By Gianluca Mezzofiore and Justin Lear, CNN
Updated 9:30 AM ET, Fri August 3, 2018 ... index.html

CNN reporter talks to conspiracy theorists at Trump rally

Conspiracy theory group appears at Trump rally

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:40 pm
by 82_28
Man. What boring, uneducated, incurious conspiracy people "they" are. Talking with them must be like talking to a wall.

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:59 pm
by elfismiles
82_28 » 03 Aug 2018 20:40 wrote:Man. What boring, uneducated, incurious conspiracy people "they" are. Talking with them must be like talking to a wall.

What is the '#QAnon' conspiracy theory?
By Elizabeth Cassin and Mike Wendling BBC Trending
2 August 2018

A sprawling, endlessly complicated pro-Trump conspiracy theory has jumped from fringe social media sites to mainstream attention.


Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:09 pm
by elfismiles
Morning Mix
‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump’s ‘MAGA’ tour

VIDEO: 4 things to know about the QAnon conspiracy theory

During President Trump’s rally on July 31, several attendees held or wore signs with the letter “Q.” Here’s what the QAnon conspiracy theory is about. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)
by Isaac Stanley-Becker August 1 Email the author

On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics.

“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.”

The symbol appeared on clothing, too. 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. A search for the name of one of those celebrities on Monday returned videos purporting to show his victims sharing their stories.

Audience members at a Trump rally on July 31 in Tampa wear T-shirts referring to the “QAnon” conspiracy theory. (The Washington Post)

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.

“Pray Trump mentions Q!” one user wrote on 8chan. He didn’t need to. As hazy corners of the Internet buzzed about the president’s speech, his appearance became a real-life show of force for the community that has mostly operated behind the veil of anonymity on subreddits.

Trump himself has at times been a purveyor of conspiracy theories, most notably in refusing for years to back down from his false claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He also asserted without evidence that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, peddled the debunked idea that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote and associated the father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with the assassin who shot John F. Kennedy.

But viewing their message boards, it’s clear that QAnon crosses a new frontier. In the black hole of conspiracy in which “Q” has plunged its followers, Trump only feigned collusion to create a pretense for the hiring of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is actually working as a “white hat,” or hero, to expose the Democrats. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros are planning a coup — and traffic children in their spare time. J.P. Morgan, the American financier, sank the Titanic.

In the world in which QAnon believers live, Trump’s detractors, such as Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, wear ankle monitors that track their whereabouts. Press reports are dismissed as “Operation Mockingbird,” the name given to the alleged midcentury infiltration of the American media by the CIA. The Illuminati looms large in QAnon, as do the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish family vilified by the conspiracy theorists as the leaders of a satanic cult. Among the world leaders wise to satanic influences, the theory holds, is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

QAnon flirts with eschatology, fascist philosophy and the filmmaking of Francis Ford Coppola. Adherents believe a “Great Awakening” will precede the final storm foretold by Trump. Once they make sense of the information drip-fed to them by “Q,” they will usher in a Christian revival presaging total victory.

The implication is that resolving the clues left by “Q” would not just explain Trump’s planned countercoup. It would also explain the whole universe.

When “Q” is absent for long stretches of time, followers take note.

“Please tell me where to go,” one wrote last month. “I feel lost without Q.”

Some big names have bought into the fantasy. Roseanne Barr, the disgraced star of the canceled ABC revival that bore her name, has posted messages on Twitter that appear to endorse the QAnon worldview, fixating on child sex abuse. She has sought to make contact with “Q” on social media and has retweeted messages summarizing the philosophy built around the online persona. Among QAnon’s promoters are also Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher, and Cheryl Sullenger, the antiabortion activist.

There is a component of QAnon that can be interpreted as a direct call to action, which has already had real-life consequences.

The Newport Beach Police Department said recently it was looking into the presence of a man outside Michael Avenatti’s law office after a link to the lawyer’s website and images of his office building appeared in QAnon threads. This spring, armed members of Veterans on Patrol stumbled on a homeless camp and demanded that authorities investigate it as a site of child sex-trafficking, NBC reported. They later thanked QAnon followers for taking up their cause. ... maga-tour/

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:01 pm
by BenDhyan
The Storm is gathering....

You’ll never guess how the QAnon conspiracy theorists feel about all this media coverage

by Abby Ohlheiser August 3

For months, a man calling himself Bill Smith obsessed over the YouTube search rankings for QAnon, where his conspiracy-fueled videos competed with those made by other believers for the top few slots on the list of results. On Wednesday, Smith was dethroned by a rush of mainstream outlets, who each produced their own videos explaining the conspiracy theory after its existence suddenly went viral.

In a livestream to 45,000 YouTube subscribers on Wednesday, Smith looked at his diminished status — and sounded ecstatic. “I haven’t been this happy in a very long time,” he said. “CNN, NBC News, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, Washington Post, MSNBC, those are our new QAnon reporters!” Smith burst into laughter. “I can’t wait until I see Shepard Smith reporting on QAnon.”

“This is the moment!” he said. Finally, QAnon was mainstream.


Paris Martineau, a writer at the Outline who was one of the first to identify and explain QAnon (also known as the Storm) in December, has been warning about the inevitable spike in interest for months. As the QAnon news cycle exploded, she warned that “Attention is attention is attention” also applies to conspiracy theories.

“The spread of QAnon is planned, with an assist from the polarization-prone algorithms of every major social media app,” Martineau also wrote in April. “QAnon followers spend hours upon hours online debating the best way to ‘redpill the normies,’ and created countless guides and cheat sheets in order to bring new members into the fold as quickly as possible. Of late, it seems to be working.”

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:12 am
by American Dream
QAnon conspiracy theorist uses appearance with Alex Jones to make accusations about Seth Green

In a bizarre exchange, Isaac Kappy and Alex Jones sparred over whether “chicken” is slang for pedophilia


In a more-than-usually bizarre segment on Tuesday, Infowars’ Alex Jones hosted Isaac Kappy, a minor actor whose recent spate of Periscope and YouTube videos accusing prominent Hollywood figures of pedophilia have made waves in the conspiracy-minded community.

Liberally utilizing the hashtag #QAnon, which is affiliated with a sprawling pro-Trump conspiracy theory, Kappy has spread baseless accusations that actors including Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Seth Green are pedophiles. This slate of denunciations proved so popular that for a brief time this week, Kappy’s videos and other QAnon-affiliated broadcasts dominated the YouTube search results for the celebrities. During a segment on the July 31 edition of The Alex Jones Show, Jones set the stage for Kappy to spread his baseless recrimination of Hollywood figures, repeatedly asking leading questions about “Aleister Crowley” rituals and “Hollywood parties.”

Jones -- who has devoted airtime to amplifying QAnon theories on multiple shows -- sparred with Kappy in a series of bizarre segments. Kappy claimed that actor Seth Green is sexually interested in children, based in part on an alleged dinner in which Green, the creator of the show Robot Chicken, told him, “We need to have a talk about chicken.”

Kappy claimed “chicken” is “a pedophile code word for very young child”; Jones responded incredulously, repeatedly asking whether Green and other Hollywood figures had subjected Kappy to practical-joke “Sacha Baron Cohen”-style tactics used to dupe celebrities and politicians. Kappy insisted that he had seen evidence of a broad child-sex ring that pervaded Hollywood, but he was unable to provide substantiating evidence, despite naming Green and his wife directly.

However, Jones, who is being sued in a defamation lawsuit brought by parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, asked Kappy to restrain himself and avoid “ getting into names.” At one point, Kappy insisted Jones was “gaslighting” him by asking him to substantiate his claims.

The grim sparring was a strange sideshow in the business of broadcasting conspiracy theories to a huge audience, one that Kappy has just entered via unhinged Periscope streams. The notion that broadly liberal segments of society, such as Hollywood and the media, are engaged in baroque cover-ups of pedophilia is a cornerstone of the QAnon conspiracy theory -- which holds that President Donald Trump is working behind the scenes to kneecap members of the “deep state” and crack down on pedophilia rings connected to powerful politicians and liberal celebrities. The claim has flourished for months in online message boards, despite just recently coming to mainstream attention. The recklessness of Kappy’s claims is a powerful illustration of just how far some conspiracy theorists are willing to go in pursuit of infamy -- and a chilling portent of the lengths to which conspiracy theory adherents might be willing to go to stop the horrors they imagine. ... een/220901

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:34 pm
by DrEvil
82_28 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:40 pm wrote:Man. What boring, uneducated, incurious conspiracy people "they" are. Talking with them must be like talking to a wall.

Exactly like a wall. A friend of mine recently went down the rabbit hole on youtube and came out a true believer: QAnon, Pizzagate, Rothschilds, Icke, Soros, you name it. Trying to discuss it with him is impossible. I just about managed to wrangle him away from the crazier parts of Icke (lizard people, moon is a giant mind control computer), but otherwise he's absolutely convinced, and it's incredibly frustrating.

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:18 pm
by Wombaticus Rex
Fall 2016: Pizzagate
Fall 2017: QAnon
Fall 2018: ???

DrEvil » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:34 pm wrote:he's absolutely convinced, and it's incredibly frustrating.

Yeah, well...get used to that shit, bud. It's either a small circle or a high tolerance, from here on out.

It's a blessing, though, this great fracturing of maps. It's a time of immense opportunity and vast spectacles. What impresses me most about QAnon, like the Flat Earth Renaissance, is the virulence of the phenomenon. Gone is the slow boil of samizdat manifestos and old school, big budget cultural programming. These motherfuckers catch fire on a timescale of months now.

Via: ... pp-n891726

The app peaked not long after it launched in April when it was No. 10 of all paid Apple iOS apps and No. 1 in the “entertainment” section. The app was surrounded by blockbuster games often tailored to kids like Minecraft, and was one spot ahead of the Major League Baseball-licensed game RBI Baseball ’18. Both Apple and Google take a cut of each 99-cent download of QDrops.

Since then, QDrops has largely remained in the top 200 of paid iOS apps, including a run in the top 10 in the entertainment section in the past two weeks, according to two third-party companies that track app rankings using Apple and Google’s RSS feeds.

Once there's a template, replicating a business model is simple. (Doing it is not easy, but it is at least simple.) We're in the early phases of a new industry, and there is no shortage of motivated actors and dumb money when it comes to the Global Mind Change business.

So get used to being frustrated by your friends, and let that shit go. I know how it feels to watch smart friends go full tard based on nothing but Youtube videos, but I also view their beliefs as a weird hobby rather than some affliction I need to fix.

That's not because I'm enlightened or nice, either, it's just because I'm lazy and tired. Truly, I was born at the right time.

Re: “The Storm”

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:06 pm
by 82_28
Wombaticus Rex » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:18 am wrote:Fall 2016: Pizzagate
Fall 2017: QAnon
Fall 2018: ???

It will be "interesting" to see what lure "they" bite on this time. Hopefully nothing at all. Would that make it strange just as well though? This shit is getting real old though. I'm beginning to think we need to get used to it as being the new new.