3 thoughts on “Brainless qualifies as brain-dead

  1. Laugh Riot says:

    “President Trump gave a major boost to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, saying Wednesday that he appreciated the support of its followers, calling them “people that love our country.”
    Pressed at a White House briefing about the online movement, which the FBI has identified as a potential domestic terrorist threat, he claimed not to know anything about it other than the affection its adherents have for him. But when a reporter outlined the erroneous claims underlying the theory — “that you are secretly saving the world from this Satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals” — Trump seemed to embrace that role for himself.
    “I don’t know much about the movement; I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said during a White House press briefing. “I heard these are people that love our country.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-praises-baseless-qanon-conspiracy-theory-says-he-appreciates-support-of-its-followers/2020/08/19/e50f8d46-e25e-11ea-8181-606e603bb1c4_story.html

    QAnon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon

    US Vice-President Mike Pence with members of the Broward County, Florida, SWAT team on November 30, 2018; the officer at the left is displaying a red and black “Q” patch used by believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. The photo was tweeted, removed, and then substituted in Pence’s feed. (click to enlarge)

  2. WTFU says:

    “QAnon is conspiratorial, dangerous, and growing. And we’re talking about it all wrong.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/14/media/qanon-news-coverage/index.html
    “Authorities in Oregon are pleading with the public to only trust and share information verified by official sources about the unprecedented wildfires sweeping the state. The pleas come as law enforcement agencies described 911 dispatchers being overrun with calls about a false online rumor that “Antifa” members had been arrested for setting the fires — a claim promoted by the anonymous account behind the QAnon conspiracy theories.
    The incident highlights how online conspiracy theories, a sustained right-wing campaign to create increased fear of anti-fascist groups, and amplification of false claims by QAnon followers, have real consequences.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/11/tech/qanon-oregon-fire-conspiracy-theory/index.html
    “Researchers say Russian government-supported organizations are playing a small but increasing role amplifying conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon, raising concerns of interference in the November U.S. election.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-qanon-russia/russian-backed-organizations-amplifying-qanon-conspiracy-theories-researchers-say-idUSKBN25K13T
    “Interpreting Social Qs: Implications of the Evolution of QAnon” https://graphika.com/reports/interpreting-social-qs-implications-of-the-evolution-of-qanon/ See also https://public-assets.graphika.com/reports/graphika_report_ira_again_unlucky_thirteen.pdf
    “The fundamental purpose of dezinformatsiya, or Russian disinformation, experts said, is to undermine the official version of events — even the very idea that there is a true version of events — and foster a kind of policy paralysis.” https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/29/world/europe/russia-sweden-disinformation.html
    “The Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary on Sunday said QAnon is not a “significant” threat to the US, but said he does not have “any reason” to disagree with the FBI’s assessment that the group is a domestic terror threat. (8/23/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/23/politics/chad-wolf-qanon-threat-homeland-security-cnntv/index.html

  3. "Do the research" says:

    “How Conspiracy Theories Are Shaping the 2020 Election—and Shaking the Foundation of American Democracy” (Time, 9/10/20) https://time.com/5887437/conspiracy-theories-2020-election/ Democracy relies on an informed and engaged public responding in rational ways to the real-life facts and challenges before us. But a growing number of Americans are untethered from that.
    “QAnon giving America a scary look at what a ‘Biden resistance’ would look like in 2021” https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/qanon-freedom-for-the-children-rallies-conspiracy-theory-trump-20200823.html
    “Trump isn’t secretly winking at QAnon. He’s retweeting its followers.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/12/trump-tweeting-qanon-followers-357238
    “As of August 20, Trump has amplified QAnon-promoting Twitter accounts at least 216 times” https://www.mediamatters.org/twitter/fbi-calls-qanon-domestic-terror-threat-trump-has-amplified-qanon-supporters-twitter-more-20
    (9/15/20): Trump pushed QAnon conspiracy theory by retweeting hashtag https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-pushed-qanon-conspiracy-retweeting-hashtag-pedobiden-2020-9 see also “Baseless Trump retweet reflects new campaign low” https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/politics/donald-trump-biden-retweet/index.html

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