Thursday, February 25, 2021

Q-uestions for Congress (the FBI, CIA, DHS & NSA) – Part 1

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Q-uestions for Congress (the FBI, CIA, DHS & NSA) – Part 1
By D-Jay

What is the world to make of QAnon?

And what are we to do about it?

After seeing the myriad of Q shirts, flags and symbols on prominent display in the 1/6 Trump terrorist attack on the Capitol, you might have thought this most insane of movements couldn’t be much worse than that.

You would be wrong.

Not only is the Q cult tearing apart our country, we now know that it is also taking a wreaking ball to families, friendships and local communities – to say nothing of the lives and psyches of the people caught up in it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, please do take a look at this Pulitzer-worthy article by Greg Jaffe and Jose A. Del Real in a recent edition of the Washington Post.  Titled, Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back,’ with the subhead, An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart, the lengthy essay offers an excellent overview on the human damage being done by the movement. 

A few choice excerpts:
She bought ammunition, camping gear, a water purifier and boxes of canned food. Then, Tyler’s mother started wearing a holstered pistol around the house, convinced that 10 days of unrest and mass power outages were coming.  Tyler, 24, had been living with his mother an hour north of Minneapolis since he graduated college in 2019. The paranoia and fear that had engulfed his home had become unbearable in the months since Trump began to falsely claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.
Family members spoke of their loved ones as if they were cult members or drug addicts, sucked in by social media companies and self-serving politicians who warped their views of reality. They begged and bargained with parents and partners to put down their phones for just a few days in the hope that the spell might be interrupted and they might return to their old selves.
The anguish was playing out behind closed doors in therapists’ offices, where overwhelmed family members were seeking advice. And it was painfully clear on QAnonCasualties, the Reddit group where Tyler had turned for support.  The group offered a rough barometer of the growing turmoil. Since last summer it had grown from about 10,000 members to more than 130,000 in the days after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Lots more to be found in the piece, but you get the idea.
Like families, reports are also coming in of once peaceful local communities also being torn apart by the crazed fantasy cult.  A piece in Bloomberg CityLab by Laura Bliss about the problems being faced by Sequim (pronounced “Skwim”), a town of 7,200 in Washington State’s bucolic Olympic Peninsula, nicely illustrates the disturbing nationwide trend.

According to Ms. Bliss, the town, “had been battling over the construction of an opioid treatment clinic. On Jan. 11, the mayor — whose sympathies are known to lie with the clinic’s opposition — called a motion at a city council meeting to remove the longtime city manager, who’d played a role in approving the facility.”

A strictly local issue, right? 

Not so fast.

She continues (shortened slightly):
But this wasn’t the usual small-town infighting over local development. Mayor William Armacost had raised eyebrows months earlier for sharing far-right memes and links promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory on Facebook; in August, he’d defended QAnon on a local radio show. So when the mayor, presiding over the Zoom meeting with a “Blue Lives Matter” Punisher skull pinned to his lapel, tallied the 4-2 vote in favor of ousting city manager Charlie Bush, some Sequimites saw something more sinister.
“So much of what is happening here is anti-democratic at its core,” said Brian Grad, a liberal activist and former Navy careerist who retired to Sequim. To Grad, the presence of a QAnon-boosting mayor, making decisions on behalf of the city, is a troubling sign that the intense partisanship and conspiratorial rhetoric that suffused national politics during the Trump administration — particularly in its tumultuous final months — have migrated to the local stage.
Beyond its status as a microcosm of the national scene, the Sequim story should be studied for its playbook-like qualities, experts who track far-right movements say. Lindsay Schubiner, a program director at Western States Center, a social justice organization that tracks far-right and white supremacist organizations, warns, “What we’re seeing in Sequim, with a defense of QAnon and an attempt to remove the city manager and undermine the local municipal institution, is so much in line with messaging and strategies that we’re seeing from the far-right nationally. These are troubling cases of people representing dangerous far-right movements, essentially taking over local governments.”
We’re in trouble, folks.

How did such a load of sheer idiocy and insanity gain so much power – and the ability to do so much damage at so many levels – so quickly?

This is something new.

Something very, very dangerous.

But what exactly is it?

Who made it?

And why?

These are critical questions that need to be fully answered and answered soon.
We’ll delve into them further in Part 2 of this article…coming soon!
Contributing factors to our democratic decline:
From the Right

Truth Decay – Destruction of the Ability to Distinguish Fantasy from Reality
Ever Worsening Demonization of the Media
Manufactured Distrust of Science and Expertise
The Iron Bubble of Disinformation
The Dark Money Conspiracy
Information Warfare Aimed at Us
Domestic Terrorism
Emergence of a Full-blown Cult of Personality
Ongoing Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering
Election Security
Continued Weaponization of Social Media
Toxic Right-wing Pseudo-Christianity
Sexism and a Pseudo-Macho Mentality
Putinism and the International Neo-Fascist Movement
Lack of Education in Civics and Critical Thinking Skills
Destruction of Crucial Democratic Norms
The Collapse of Good Manners and Propriety
From the Left (and Sometimes the Center)

OTT PC (Over-The-Top Political Correctness)
Inept Messaging
Lack of Media Investment
Surrender of Rural America Without a Fight
Failure to Call Out and Counteract Toxic Right-Wing Christianity
Failure to Call Out Right-Wing Racism, Sexism and Fascism for what it is, and Counteract it in Time
Framing Too Many Issues as Being Rooted in Race Rather than Economics and Class
Failure to Recognize Just How Bad Things Can Really Get
Forever Bringing Beanbags to a Knife Fight
Failure to Protect Critical Norms
The political left is being similarly poisoned with the notion of "queer theory." It is arguably worse than QAnon, way worse, because it has all but totally controlled the Democratic Party while throwing protected classes, like women, totally under the bus. Take a look at the House mindlessly passing the "Equality Act," which basically does away with women as a protected category so that men can gain access. It totally disregards people's religious beliefs. It is now considered "hate speech" to say there are men and women and women are adult human females, all so sexual fetishists and the mentally ill can get access to women's sports and their accommodations. Don't ever kid yourself otherwise as to their motives. What is being done to children is human rights abuse right out of Nazi Germany, yet the woke left completely ignores the science on brain development and sex differences. The woke left never better tell me again they are "pro-science." They are not.

Take a look to what Rand Paul said yesterday to an obvious sexual fetishist who is up for a government appointment. Except for Paul's saying something that is impossible like "sex change surgery," he is right on the mark. His remarks are based on reported stories and facts. Keira Bell, by the way, won her case in UK courts, at least so far. It is a landmark in cases involving "detransitioners." He also refers to the Tavistock clinic in the UK which has regularly "treated" children who don't comply with sex role stereotypes.

Our society is being held hostage by people who peddle in lies. It isn't limited to QAnon.
Hopefully, Clyde can return now that the roads have cleared.

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I think this will be my last post here. The bigotry of OTE Admin revolts me, but I see similarly reactionary and/or bizarre views on display here from other sources. I begin to think I do not belong here.

May all of your lives and afterlives be blessed. Farewell.
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