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A trail of ‘bread crumbs,’ leading conspiracy theorists into the wilderness • New York Times
Mattathias Schwartz:
<p>For months now, one such anonymous source — an internet user called “Q Clearance Patriot” or “Q,” posting on anarchic, underbelly-of-the-internet message boards like 4chan and 8chan — has been spreading its “crumbs” across the web, offering up a running commentary on the state of the nation in a gnomic and paranoid style. To call the result a mere “conspiracy theory” doesn’t quite do it justice, shortchanging both its utterly absurd wrongness and its vast pseudo-explanatory power. Q’s prophecies are something closer to a grand unifying conspiracy theory, one that incorporates older absurd theories (stretching back to the Kennedy administration) and continuously spins off new tendrils, glomming itself onto news events as they unfold. Good and evil, it claims, have mustered two warring teams; the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. The heroes are the military (especially the Marines) and President Trump, who is secretly cooperating with Robert Mueller to, some disciples imagine, uncover a global ring of sex-trafficking pedophiles. And even this risks making it sound more realistic than it is…

…“Your President needs your help,” writes Q in one “Q drop” — that’s what Q’s followers, or “bakers,” call each bread crumb. Q engages the bakers as collaborators who “research” lines of inquiry and offer possible answers to Q’s hypnotic flurries of leading questions. (“Las Vegas. What hotel did the ‘reported’ gunfire occur from? What floors specifically? Who owns the top floors?”) But Q balances fear-mongering with notes of reassurance: The bakers are, by poring over each nonsensical hint, supposedly aiding their fellow “patriots” on the inside. Bad news is merely a “distraction.” The president’s behavior is merely a ruse. The good guys are secretly in control, and they are going to win.</p>

I do like "utterly absurd wrongness". It must be nice, if you're a conspiracy theory sort of person, to have one where the Good Guys (and Gals) are going to win. So much happier than conspiracies about 9/11 and banks.
qanon  conspiracy 
5 days ago by charlesarthur
E-cigarettes could stub out tobacco bonds sooner than thought | Reuters
The states with the highest populations, such as California and New York, are owed the most. The majority of them arranged to get much of their money up front by selling bonds and pledging the annual payments to the bond holders.

The only problem is that as tobacco shipments decline, so do the payments. And sales of e-cigarettes, which now appear to be helping to accelerate the tobacco-consumption decline rate, are not counted as cigarette sales under the MSA.

The outlook for tobacco bonds is so dire that a forecast last month from Moody’s Investors Service predicted 65 to 80 percent were headed toward default.
e-cigs  ecig  health  conspiracy 
6 days ago by mullingitover
Politicalprof
Apparently, QAnon has mapped out every conspiracy and how they all work to make Donald Trump awesome. See: it all makes sense! If you’re smart enough …
infographic  conspiracy  deception 
8 days ago by basemaly
James Dolan, Co-Creator of SecureDrop, Dead At 36 - Slashdot
The Freedom of the Press Foundation is reporting that James Dolan, former Marine and co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop alongside Aaron Swartz and Wired editor Kevin Poulsen, has died at age 36. He reportedly took his own life. Gizmodo reports: First deployed as StrongBox ...
conspiracy  usa 
13 days ago by pankkake
The rise of post-truth liberalism - UnHerd
Visiting New York a few weeks after Trump’s victory in the presidential election, I found myself immersed in a mass psychosis. The city’s intelligentsia was possessed by visions of conspiracy. No one showed any interest in the reasons Trump supporters may have had for voting as they did. Quite a few cited the low intelligence, poor education and retrograde values of the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for him. What was most striking was how many of those with whom I talked flatly rejected the result. The election, they were convinced, had been engineered by a hostile power. It was this malignant influence, not any default of American society, that had upended the political order.
TDS  leftists  condescension  conspiracy  politicallyCorrect  thoughtCrime 
13 days ago by Jswindle
QAnon world map
Batshit insane conspiracy theory has an incomprehensible map
maps  qanon  charts  politics  conspiracy  batshitinsane 
15 days ago by nelson

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