Bellingcat on – The Making of QAnon: A Crowdsourced Conspiracy
Well worth reading. Stunning how stupid people can be. Mixing connedspiracy and fear-mongering, “us” vs. “them” propaganda and thousand of failed predictions and claims, Q has still somehow managed to grow into a worldwide cult movement.
Here is the core of the QAnon myth: with the aid of a small group of military intelligence officers called the Q team (one or more of whom is supposedly responsible for writing the drops), President Donald Trump is waging a shadow war against a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles who are conspiring to obstruct and overthrow him. The military will arrest them en masse in an event called “the Storm.” The cabal’s membership has grown in the telling (at first, it was “many in our government;” within a month, any “celebs” who had “supported HRC” might very well be in on it; a few months later, there were too many to fit into Guantanamo Bay; later still, three other “detention centers [were] being prepped”), but it would be fair to say that virtually anyone who’s angered or defied President Trump is considered part of the cabal, along with the usual suspects like financier and philanthropist George Soros.
After the Storm, military tribunals will ensure that these baby-eating traitors are executed or sentenced to life in prison. Faced with overwhelming proof of the cabal’s existence, a stunned public will mourn; rage; and ultimately unite behind President Trump, ushering in a golden age of patriotism and prosperity.
Remarkably, this description covers none of the most bizarre corners of QAnon (for instance, in QAnon lore, North Korea was controlled by the CIA but has now been liberated by Trump and the Q team). It also omits a key aspect of the QAnon worldview: that every public act or utterance of President Trump or a suspected cabal member might contain “comms,” or secret messages, which QAnon believers can decode. And it leaves out one of the most important QAnon slogans: “disinformation is necessary,” which some might call a wonderful excuse for Q’s failed predictions, also allowing believers to pick and choose which parts of the theory they embrace.
Just goes to show how anything really is possible, included spreading complete lies, electing an Orange Idiot and following this traitor straight to hell. And that almost any idiot can start a cult following with a little persistence and connedspiracy tossed in.
I follow along with some of the researchers that have been exposing the fraud of Q from time to time, but mostly, I’m just not interested. It was pathetically easy to spot the fraud soon after Q came to my own attention a few years ago. Once a fraud – always a fraud, and Bellingcat does a good job of pointing this out.
Yet that didn’t stop the cult from growing. Members of Congress and the Senate are also members of QAnon. Trump alleged that he doesn’t know much about it, but many QAnon members think he could be Q himself (which is totally laughable).
Q and QAnon wasn’t and still isn’t, original. Well worn claims and ideas that have circulated elsewhere without the same popularity in some cases are adopted by QAnon’s and by Q himself (Q is clearly male, homophobic and antisemitic / racist). In other words, a middle-aged white guy pretending to be a secret agent. Now that’s some fantasy. Q is much more likely to be a confused connedspiracy theorist with an inferiority complex operating out of his mothers basement drinking Sterno and he probably hasn’t been laid since he raped his 16 year-old first cousin 34 years ago when he was 23. Since then, Q’s been effectively living in the shadows, unable to cope with reality and chasing ghosts.
Like most predictions, Q’s have all failed. I’m not aware of any that proved to be true or accurate, but maybe I missed something. Speaking in cryptic text with alleged “hidden meaning”, the Q drops are supposed to be interpreted by the initiated. This is crowd-speak for cult brainwashing, only the enlightened can “know”. The way to become enlightened is to be indoctrinated into the connedspiracy of Q itself.
It’s all rather stupid and ridiculous. But it’s not harmless. The Capitol Coup included QAnon’s, who decided that committing treason, sedition and insurrection were all part of the hidden instructions written by Q and spoken by Donald J. Trump (really). So yeah, membership into this cult is definitely dangerous, even deadly.
You can absolutely find damn near anything in the bowels of the StupidNet (Internet, Darkweb). You can order up an assassination, have a pizza delivered to your houseboat in the middle of the ocean, or engage in asinine stupid connedspiracy fearmongering to your hearts content. The danger here is when connedspiracy like Q and QAnon’s are posting attempt to become real life. People can get hurt, and people can die.
The other danger is when truth is reviled, anything and everything can easily take it’s place (and often does).