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24 Oct 20 11:20 am *
+ Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with Jeffrey Epstein’s real one?

Caitlin Dickson

Fri, October 23, 2020, 8:31 PM CDT

On Wednesday evening, the anonymous figure known as “Q” took to the fringe message board 8kun to issue one of his signature prophecies: “BOOMS EN_ROUTE TOMORROW. This is not a drill. Q.”

Such vague and ominous forecasts have become a regular feature of the ever-evolving online scripture on which the cult-like conspiracy movement known as QAnon is based. For the past three years, Q — whom disciples believe to be a high-ranking military or intelligence officer or group of officials with access to classified information — has posted thousands of these cryptic messages, known as “Q drops,” for followers to try to decipher.

Very few, if any, of Q’s predictions, starting with the first Q drop posted to 4chan on Oct. 28, 2017, which warned of Hillary Clinton’s imminent arrest and a violent nationwide uprising, have come true. A scan through some of the responses to Q’s latest promise of forthcoming “Booms” indicate a mix of excitement and skepticism from followers who’ve clearly been disappointed in the past.


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24 Oct 20 8:04 pm *
+ How Texas could be the linchpin in finally dismantling the Electoral College

Peter Weber

Fri, October 23, 2020, 8:46 AM CDT

The framers of the Constitution set up the Electoral College because they had to invent a way to "pick the leader of a self-governing republic" and were worried "most people wouldn't know national political candidates," he explained. But they never even discussed today's winner-takes-all system, "and when they saw it start to be adopted in the states in the early 1800s, they were horrified. James Madison, the man we think of as the father of the Constitution, tried to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of winner-take-all rule because he saw how corrosive it was to erase up to half of voters in the state."

Madison failed, but Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) almost got a constitutional amendment enacted in 1969 — President Richard Nixon was on board, it had broad national support, the House approved the amendment, and nearly three-quarters of states were set to approve it, Wegman said. Sadly, "three Southern segregationist senators" filibustered it to death in 1970, killing "the best effort we've ever had in American history to abolish the Electoral College."

This only became a partisan issue after George W. Bush then Donald Trump won the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, but it's a double-edged sword, Wegman said. "Right now what we're seeing is some really big and important Republican-majority states are shifting demographically." Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, "is going to turn blue" as soon as 2024, he predicted, and "if Republicans can't win Texas, I think their paths to an Electoral College victory are basically eliminated."

In the next eight years, "when both parties have suffered enough in a short enough time period that they realize that it doesn't help anybody," Wegman said, "I think we have the opening to switch to a system in which everybody counts equally, and everybody's vote matters."


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24 Oct 20 9:45 pm
+ Far-right extremist shot at Minneapolis' police precinct to spark violence during Floyd protests, FBI says

Kathryn Krawczyk

Fri, October 23, 2020, 1:43 PM CDT

A far-right extremist has been accused of opening fire on Minneapolis' third police precinct and sparking violence during May's George Floyd protests.

Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old from Texas, was charged Friday with one count of interstate travel to participate in a riot. An admitted member of the "Boogaloo Bois," Hunter opened fire on the precinct and later looted it and helped set it on fire, the FBI said in a sworn affidavit released Friday.

The Minneapolis police's third precinct was just a block from where Floyd was killed, and became the center of protests against police violence that devolved into the destruction of the precinct and buildings around it. Hunter is one of several far-right extremists accused of intentionally ramping up that violence. Armed with a mask and tactical gear, Hunter fired 13 rounds at the precinct while officers were inside and ran away shouting "Justice for Floyd," the FBI alleges. He later bragged about "help[ing] the community burn down that police station" on Facebook.


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25 Oct 20 6:11 pm
+ Twitter says fake "Antifa" account was run by white supremacists

Twitter has shut down multiple accounts that it says were operated by a white supremacist group posing as liberal groups encouraging violence.

Twitter said the white supremacist group Identity Evropa used one fake account, @Antifa_US, to call for violence in majority white suburbs, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement. The account's removal was first reported by NBC News.

"This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" the company said.




' fake twitter account '



+ A white nationalist group was behind a fake antifa Twitter account



+ Twitter takes down fake antifa account linked to white nationalist group



+ Twitter shuts down fake Antifa account linked to white nationalists, misinformation tied to George Floyd protests spreads



+ An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa



+ White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence



+ Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists



+ Twitter removes account of white nationalist group posing as antifa online

The move comes as disinformation spreads online amid protests and unrest.




+ White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.


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25 Oct 20 6:33 pm
I've never heard of Q Anon until I saw an amusing article on Ebaum's World and then read a news article. What gets me is I've never heard about them on the news and no one has mentioned it. I'm pretty sure if I brought it up the response I'd get is "wots dat shit!?" : - (
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26 Oct 20 5:18 pm *
Oh, increasingly, those Q ANON bonebrains have certainly become a truly disturbing Anti-Logic Cancer, Karl.

They've BEEN on The U.S. News for months. Unfortunately, the "mentality" has even finally somehow metastasized into The Active Political Arena too as at least one Republican Candidate somehow got enough dysfunctionally-conservative/gaslighting suggestible idiots who ARE stupid-enough to "Drink The Hyperpartisan Kool-Aid" to Vote for her.

You already even have too many Evolution Deniers In Congress. It's a goddamn Theocratically-Oligarchical Classist Corporatocracy, unfortunately, not A Real Democracy nor even A Republic, despite the brainwashing propaganda taught to naive youngsters in school.

It's all most obscenely-deplorable.


But here's a YOUTUBE Link on this Q ANON Cult; this guy Mike Figueredo is far better than me at expounding on it:

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26 Oct 20 5:20 pm
' Q ANON '

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29 Oct 20 11:32 am
+ Trump supporters left in cold for hours after Omaha rally

20201028_new_trump_ar34Thousands waited, some for hours, in the cold for buses following President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night.

By Aaron Sanderford, Reece Ristau and Bob Glissmann World-Herald staff writers

Updated 12 hrs ago

Hundreds of people who attended President Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday evening at Eppley Airfield spent up to three hours in freezing temperatures waiting for buses to take them back to their cars.


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29 Oct 20 10:58 pm
+ France attack: Three killed in 'Islamist terrorist' stabbings

29 October 2020


Three people have died in a knife attack at a church in Nice, in what French President Emmanuel Macron said was an "Islamist terrorist attack".

Who were the victims?

All three were attacked inside the basilica on Thursday morning before the first Mass of the day.

Two died inside the church: a 60-year-old woman who was "virtually beheaded", and a 55-year-old man whose throat was cut.

The male victim was a lay member of staff responsible for the upkeep of the church. He reportedly had a wife and two children.

Another woman, aged 44, managed to flee to a nearby cafe after being stabbed several times, but died later.


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29 Oct 20 11:06 pm
+ The New York Times
'Tsunamis of Misinformation' Overwhelm Local Election Officials

Kellen Browning and Davey Alba

Thu, October 29, 2020, 2:01 PM CDT

Fueled by inaccurate comments from Trump and others, election lies have spread across social media. They include claims that Black Lives Matter protesters incited violence at polling places, that mail-in ballots were dumped, that ballot boxes and voting machines were compromised, and that ballots were “harvested,” or collected and dropped off in bulk by unauthorized people.

Election officials in places such as Philadelphia, El Paso, Texas, and Santa Rosa, California, are bearing the brunt of the fallout, according to interviews with a dozen of them in seven states. Some have had to contain misinformation-induced voter panic. Others are fighting back by posting accurate information on social media or giving newspaper and television interviews to spread their messages. Many are working longer shifts to debunk the distortions.

But their efforts have largely been fruitless, they said. When one rumor is smacked down, another pops up. And the reach of the rumors online is often so vast that the officials said they could not hope to compete.

“They’re definitely overwhelmed,” said Isabella Garcia-Camargo, an organizer of the Election Integrity Partnership, a new coalition of misinformation researchers.


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31 Oct 20 4:40 am
+ FBI: Extremist suspected of plot to kidnap Mich. governor also threatened Trump

Thu, October 29, 2020, 8:51 AM CDT

A man charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor also made threatening online comments about President Trump, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing.

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01 Nov 20 4:32 am
+ Video: Trump Supporters Tried to Run Biden Bus ‘Off the Road’

Trump supporters “followed the Biden bus throughout central Texas” and “ran into a person’s car, yelling curse words and threats,” one Texas Democratic Party leader said


Multiple videos posted to social media on Saturday morning apparently show Trump supporters in trucks and cars harassing a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaign bus in Texas, causing the campaign to cancel a planned event in Central Texas.

A Biden campaign spokesperson told Forbes that the Trump supporters “attempted to slow the bus down and run it off the road.” And one local Democratic Party leader, Katie Naranjo, tweeted photos and said Trump supporters “followed the Biden bus throughout central Texas” and “ran into a person’s car, yelling curse words and threats.”


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01 Nov 20 5:10 am
+ Madame Tussauds in Berlin dumps Trump before U.S. election

(Reuters) - The waxwork museum Madame Tussauds in Berlin loaded its effigy of TV star-turned Republican president Donald Trump into a dumpster on Friday, a move apparently intended to reflect its expectations of next Tuesday's presidential election.

In what seemed a further calculated insult, the statue of his predecessor and nemesis Barack Obama, who counted Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel among his closest allies, remained in place, beaming and besuited.


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01 Nov 20 5:11 am
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02 Nov 20 5:36 am
+ “I was doing press with somebody in the mid-'90s,” Reznor told The New York Times in a new interview, “and they made an argument that stayed with me: that I have influence, and that it’s my job to call out whatever needs to be called out, because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it. And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then. You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot.”

Asked if he thought the modern environment felt different, he agreed. “I know how I feel, and I have let it get to me in ways I wish it hadn’t," he said. "My worrying about it isn’t helping anything. But what Donald Trump is doing is concerning and infuriating..."


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02 Nov 20 9:55 am
+ Dishonesty Has Defined the Trump Presidency. The Consequences Could Be Lasting.

Peter Baker

Sun, November 1, 2020, 12:20 PM CST

WASHINGTON — Born amid made-up crowd size claims and “alternative facts,” the Trump presidency has been a factory of falsehood from the start, churning out distortions, conspiracy theories and brazen lies at an assembly-line pace that has challenged fact-checkers and defied historical analogy.

But now, with the election two days away, the consequences of four years of fabulism are coming into focus as President Donald Trump argues that the vote itself is inherently “rigged,” tearing at the credibility of the system. Should the contest go into extra innings through legal challenges after Tuesday, it may leave a public with little faith in the outcome — and in its own democracy.


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02 Nov 20 1:52 pm
+ 'A global conspiracy against God and humanity': Controversial Catholic archbishop pushes QAnon themes in letter to Trump

Caitlin Dickson

Sat, October 31, 2020, 8:40 AM CDT

A controversial figure within the Roman Catholic Church made waves in the online world of QAnon Friday, after his open letter to President Trump was quoted in a post from the anonymous leader of the cultlike conspiracy movement.

The letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the United States and outspoken adversary of Pope Francis, hit many of the favorite themes of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, attacking its familiar villains, from the ominous “global elite” to Bill Gates and “the mainstream media.”

“The fate of the whole world is being threatened by a global conspiracy against God and humanity,” Viganò wrote, emphasizing the “epochal importance of the imminent election,” casting Trump as “the final garrison against the world dictatorship” and his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, as “a person who is manipulated by the deep state.”

Not long after “Q” posted the letter to the fringe message board 8kun early Friday morning, it was tweeted by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, has publicly embraced QAnon rhetoric in the past, and his tweet quickly generated tens of thousands of retweets and even more likes.


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02 Nov 20 7:34 pm
+ Yet Again, Trump Rally Attendees Stranded On-Site For Hours After Trump Leaves

Ja'han Jones

Mon, November 2, 2020, 1:04 PM CST·2 mins read

On Sunday night ― and for the second time in one week ― hundreds of Trump supporters leaving a rally were forced to wait hours in the cold for buses meant to drive them back to their cars.

In footage first shared by NBC News, hundreds of rally attendees in Rome, Georgia, could be seen huddled together long after President Donald Trump had ended his remarks and taken off for Florida, his next campaign stop.

As the temperature hovered around 46 degrees, some among the stranded sat and lay on the ground as they waited, and others tried to hitch rides from strangers.

Hundreds of Trump supporters at a rally in Omaha, Nebraska, last Tuesday also found themselves stranded for hours after Trump left, waiting on buses to take them back to their cars.

Throughout his campaign, Trump’s choice to hold large, in-person rallies ― in defiance of public health guidelines and with coronavirus cases and deaths spiking in states across the country ― has not been without consequence.

According to a recent study out of Stanford University, a series of Trump rallies from June to September effectively served as superspreader events, resulting in 30,000 new cases of the coronavirus and at least 700 deaths in communities he visited.


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03 Nov 20 3:46 am
+ Cruz in heated exchange with Twitter's Dorsey: 'Who the hell elected you?'


Sen. Ted Cruz during a hearing on Wednesday accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of censoring content with an anti-conservative bias, with the Texas Republican focusing his argument around a policy the tech company has since changed.

Cruz slammed Dorsey during the Senate Commerce Committee hearing over the company's decision earlier this month to limit the spread of a New York Post report that included allegations about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden that have been disputed by the former vice president's campaign.

The company initially blocked users, including the New York Post, from tweeting links to the article, citing Twitter's hacked material policy. The company later amended the policy and allowed users to share the links.

"Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?" Cruz asked Dorsey during a heated exchange on Wednesday.

"We're not doing that," Dorsey responded. "This is why I opened this hearing with calls for more transparency. We realized we need to earn trust more, we realized that more accountability is needed to show our intentions and to show the outcomes. So I hear the concerns and acknowledge them, but we want to fix it with more transparency."

Cruz, one of the Senate's most vocal critics of Big Tech, said Google, Facebook and Twitter pose "the single greatest threat to free speech in America." He took particular aim at Twitter, calling the company's conduct the "most egregious."

Dorsey defended the platform's policies against Cruz's accusations of censorship. Rather, he said, Twitter wants to make sure that "more voices on the platform are possible."

"We see a lot of abuse and harassment, which ends up silencing people and having them leave from the platform," Dorsey said.

He also said that the Post would be able to share its article if it deletes its initial tweet, under the company's amended policy.

Dorsey noted that every person or organization that signs up to have an account on Twitter agrees to its terms and services.

Republicans' accusations of an anti-conservative bias were amplified in the wake of actions taken to limit the spread of the Post's article, which instantly drew scrutiny over its sourcing. Conservative content, however, is often amplified on social media platforms and is dominant on Facebook, based on publicly available data about post interactions.

President Trump has also criticized the companies' decisions to limit the spread of the Post's report and add warning labels to his own posts with baseless claims that mail-in ballots lead to widespread voter fraud.