What Is This QAnon Group All about?

For a week or so, I have been seeing snippets about a new conspiracy theory and its followers, called QAnon, or simply ‘Q’ for short. I dismissed the group out of hand, for I see it as some ridiculous thing created by ignorant people who have nothing better to do with their meaningless little lives. I still see it that way, but can no longer simply ignore it, for like other conspiracy theories that have come before, there is a very real danger that it will lead to violence. Our friend Gronda has provided some excellent information about what Q is, so please take a few minutes to read her post. One phrase, in particular, caught my eye: “… have come to believe that observable reality is false and the QAnon narrative is real.” Sounds rather like Trump when he told his followers not to believe what they are seeing and hearing, but only to believe what he tells them is real. Up is down and hot is cold. The games people play. Thank you, Gronda, for helping us to understand a bit about this bunch of nuts!

Gronda Morin

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On August 1, 2018, Justin Bank, Liam Stack and Daniel Victor of the New York Times penned the following report, “What Is QAnon: Explaining the Internet Conspiracy Theory That Showed Up at a Trump Rally” (“Do you remember Pizzagate? It’s a little like that: a web of baseless conspiracy theories. And its supporters were highly visible at an event for the president in Florida.”)

“Those watching President Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday couldn’t help but be exposed to a fringe movement that discusses several loosely connected and vaguely defined — and baseless — conspiracy theories.”

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“In one shot on Fox News, the president was partially obscured by a sign in the crowd reading “We Are Q.” In another shot during the president’s speech, a sign promoting the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory, with the hashtag #Qanon, came into focus in the center of…

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34 thoughts on “What Is This QAnon Group All about?

    • Y’know, Roger … your comment made me realize that today’s world has become MAD Magazine personified! Some days I truly think the whole bloomin’ world has lost their minds! What’s scary is realizing just what it will take to return to a world of sanity … if, indeed, we even can.

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      • A return to Sanity?
        Well firstly Sanity in Human History is always a relative term; that’s a given. Somewhere around the world there is Terminal Stupidity and innocents suffering.
        As in The UK (well currently The UK, that’s not set in stone), so in the USA. We are both at crossroads.
        We can choose one path where we just step into the good old bumblin’ along road. Which by Human Standards ‘an’t too bad’. We can veer off into the ridiculous criminality of civil conflict, or slouch off into dumb media-entertainment fodder as supplied by vested interests. Or we can try and walk back down and find another pathway, which is awkward because we walk against the winds of folly.
        Take comfort. Trump isn’t the first fool to get into a position of influence and he won’t be the last. He is destined to become just a footnote or viewed as one of the biggest idiots; both would horrify him- a suitable fate.

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        • Good point! Perhaps I should have said the illusion of sanity. You know, that point where at least we could convince ourselves that there was a ‘normal’ in the world and that we weren’t too far away from it. I think the world is changing in major ways, and we have yet to find how we fit into it. Eventually, maybe, though I truly believe that if mankind doesn’t change his ways as regards the environment, we are on the path the dinosaurs followed a few years back. 😉 So, were the things we thought were right and good merely illusions? Apparently. And is there hope of us ever getting it right? Meh … I doubt it. I think a lot of people are in for a rude awakening in the next few years, when one morning they get out of bed only to find they have no electricity, no internet, perhaps even no running water. I might claim to be consoled by the fact that I won’t be here to see it, but the reality is that I feel guilty for being blind to it for so many years, and failing to leave the world a better place than I found it.

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  1. I had read this New York Times piece and one from The Washington Post with growing trepidation about the QAnon cult’s possibilities. The fear, unlike their conspiracy theories, seems well founded. The August 1, 2018 piece by the Post’s Isaac Stanley-Becker titled “We Are Q” is well worth reading, as is the New York Times report that Gronda posted. I have no idea what 4chan/8chan message boards even are and have no wish to explore them. This QAnon catchphrase, Where We Go One We Go All, on a poster with armed figures is cause for increased trepidation. That these Q followers “theories are wildly at odds with reality” ratchets it up even more. If QAnon only played their games on the internet it would be less problematic than their T-shirted physical presence implies…this will not end well! Thank-you!

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    • P.S. A total aside here, but I just came across this piece in The Independent by Chris Riotta : NRA is in Deep Financial Trouble and Soon ‘Be Unable to Exist.’ Just maybe, dreams really do come true! Sweet dreams!

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      • Thanks for telling me about the article … I just found it and will be reading it as soon as I finish responding to comments! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it is true! Wouldn’t that be a hoot!!!

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    • They have nothing but made-up conspiracy theories that they cannot offer any evidence to support, BUT … it doesn’t matter in the current climate. Their goals are two-fold: to incite the Trumpeters and to instill fear in the rest of us. Now, the very best solution would be if everybody simply ignored them … everybody, including the press, Trump, and Trump followers. But that’s about as likely as a wheat field popping up in the middle of my kitchen overnight. I don’t know what the answer is … I wish I did. But this is virgin territory, uncharted waters, for never before in our history have we had a leader who so enjoyed stirring up a pot of shit. Like you, dear friend, I do not see this ending well and I fear bloodshed and lives lost before November 6th. As to 4Chan … you don’t want to go there, for I have done so while researching for a couple of my posts, and it is nasty. Here is a link to a post I did in 2016 that will give you an idea, without assaulting your senses too badly. https://jilldennison.com/2016/09/30/cartoons-an-endangered-species/

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      • Thank-you! This is another valid reason that you need to have an archive. Newer followers, like myself, would be able to find posts that we missed and need/want to see. There are times when I can click onto the ‘this entry was tagged’ or the few past posts at the end of a present post…but, it usually doesn’t go too far back. Archives that are listed monthly by year are easiest to navigate for the computer challenged and unadventurous, meaning me! I have no doubt that this would require time that you do not have. I don’t know how you accomplish all that you already do. Again, Thank-you! Another P.S. Did you read the Washington Post article?

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        • You make a good point about the archives and I notice that a number of my fellow-bloggers have archives by month or category. I plan to make an effort to add that to the face of my blog, hopefully this weekend, but soon at any rate. Do you think category or month is a more meaningful division?

          Yes, I read the article, though it took my two tries, for I got so angry I had to go do some house chores to work of the angst! I think the real conspiracy is that somebody has replaced these people’s brains with turnips!!! They are insane! Nothing they say makes a lick of sense, and they are pulling stories out of their butts! Anybody who believes a thing they say seriously needs psychiatric help!!! But just because they are ignorant, stupid and delusional doesn’t mean they are not dangerous. And their danger is multiplied exponentially by the fact that Trump appears to be okay with them at the very least, and possibly even applauds their idiocy. Sigh. Where are we headed?????

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          • Some blogs that I follow have both month and category archives, but I suspect that they probably were doing so from the early days of their blogdom. I had not given thought to archives by category, but with your numerous types of posts that might be the easiest for followers to utilize. Say, for instance, one is not interested in music and only wishes current Trump catastrophes…only looking for a catastrophe category would take much less time than going month by month. If one could not find what one desires quickly, that could be catastrophic as well! I’m glad that you were able to read the Washington Post article, both articles were eyeopeners for me. “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” – Robert A. Heinlein. Thank-you!

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            • Perfect quote!!! Yes, I was thinking categories also, for in any given month I have written humour, social injustice, ‘good people’, and of course the main focus, U.S. politics. Plus, I think there is a way that you can search by keyword, but I’ll have to check on that. Hah! I had a comment that went to spam by some guy who told me that my blog sucks, but that he could improve it for me for only … get a load of this … for only $1,200!!! Oh yeah, right.

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  2. Appears to be a group of individuals who would have made star witnesses for the prosecution at the Salem witch trials… 🙂 it takes all kinds to make the world go round and unfortunately this country has every one of them… 🙂

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