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The QAnon conspiracy snowball gets bigger and dirtier: A visit to the GreatAwakening subreddit

The world looks pretty scary once you start seeing sinister patterns everywhere

By David Futrelle

By now you may be familiar with the broad outlines of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which might be described, in essence, as Pizzagate on steroids.

As True Q Believers see the world, the heroic Donald Trump, with the help of numerous “patriots” inside the government and out, is fighting a grand battle against the vast Illuminati pedophile baby-eating cabal that secretly controls the government (and the world). And, yes, Q Believers have actually convinced themselves that the top cabal figures (including Hillary Clinton) are literal “pedovores” who drink the blood and eat the flesh of babies.

But as horrific as it all sounds, Q Believers think that Trump is actually winning his battle against the baby eaters, armed with literally tens of thousands of sealed indictments that will be used to arrest the key cabal members — in government, business, and Hollywood — when the time is right. Q Believers need only keep their eyes on the prize. “Trust the plan,” Q has assured them numerous times in his (their?) cryptic messages on 8chan.

While the basic thesis of QAnon Theory is already plenty weird, the details are even stranger — and they get stranger still by the day. QAnon is a giant dirty snowball of a theory, growing ever larger as it careens down the mountainside, picking up new sub-theories with every new rotation. The mysterious Q drops new “crumbs” virtually every day, and each one is pored over and taken apart by a small army of self-designated Q interpreters, who use the new clues to spin out new theories and add new enemies to Q’s ever-growing enemies list.

I spent several hours today going through just some of the topics posted over the past 24 hours in the GreatAwakening subreddit — Reddit’s main forum for Q Believers, with nearly 60,000 subscribers. Here are a few of the not-actually-true things I, er, “learned” in the process.

Financier, convicted sex offender, and former Trump pal Jeffrey Epstein has nuclear missile silos hidden beneath tennis courts on his private island

Q Believers have spent a great deal of time examining aerial photos of Epstein’s island hideaway, which they have taken to calling “pedophile island” because of all the reputed underage sex parties that have been rumored to have taken place there. (Epstein was convicted of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008, so that’s not an altogether fanciful scenario,)

Anyhoo, they’ve been suspicious about his tennis courts for a while and now they think they’ve found proof that they were built to hide missile silos. Or maybe the tennis courts don’t exist at all, and the photos available through Google maps have been doctored!

“I did a lot of map comparisons of E Island a few months ago,” WOWs_JohnPRyan writes.

I also noticed the “tennis court” cover by G maps. I initially thought that section was actually a sacrificial area or a burn area … the thought of missile launchers never came to mind, but I can see how it fits now.

Wait, so Google is in on the coverup? 0oDassiveMicko0 points the accusing finger of blame at Google/Alphabet Inc’s … former Executive Chairman, for some reason.

So, Google maps have superimposed a fake tennis court over what looks like a missile silo, where Apple maps shows what´s really there? Is that right? If so, Alphabet (Google parent company) and Eric Schmidt are 100% complicit. He is a Jew, too. If this is true, this is highly significant!

To someone called tlbt, the nukes help to explain why so many people (allegedly) go along with the vast (alleged) Illuminati pedophile conspiracy.

This post is about protecting/forcing the practice with the threat of thermonuclear hellfire. Like, holy shit, imagine thinking you’re part of the elite, finally get invited to a private island to connect with other power players, then get shown missiles that will destroy everything you love. Then you’re forced to participate in a sinister ritual (which is documented, blackmail) before you can go back up the elevator and back to what you thought was normal life. Sounds like a way of controlling powerful people to me.

Now some GreatAwakening commenters have convinced themselves there are similarly hidden nuclear missile silos in Vatican City. Yep, that’s right: the Pope is packing some nuclear heat!

Red shoes symbolize blood spilled in ritual sacrifices, and have to be earned

A GreatAwakening commenter called akilyoung explains:

I theorize that the red shoes worn by certain people are earned, not worn ‘just because’.

IMO..they represent blood on the feet. To be initiated into this death cult, you must kill virgins in a Babylonian style death ritual.

Akilyoung ties this theory in with discussions elsewhere in r/GreatAwakening of a pool owned by alleged Illuminati pedovore Gloria Vanderbilt (Anderson Cooper’s mom):

The pool with nooses? The virgins are strung up, and the initiate cuts them (wont get into details) and bleeds them out. The initiate is walking around in their blood doing his evil work, and ends up with red feet.

Thus they wear red shoes to symbolize their deeds, and SYMBOLISM WILL BE THEIR DOWNFALL.

Weird. I think I owned some red sneakers once. I just bought them from a shoestore. No virgin murder necessary.

Anderson Cooper is a “satanic pedophile” who orders kids to rape from a catalog

Reddit’s Q Believers have been examining a picture of CNN’s Anderson Cooper sitting in his office looking at what appears to be printouts of news stories from the web; behind him lurks a life-sized standee of Honey Boo-Boo. Some Q Believers have managed to convince themselves that Cooper is looking through a child sex slave catalog trying to decide on a child to rape.

QAnonMaga reports that

Q pointed out the papers on the table they are from a catalog where you order kids to have sex with the writing was enhanced and enlarged photos of a boy and girl and Cyrillic language he was so arrogant he let the photographer take a picture of illegal stuff.

Huh. Here is the highest-resolution of the picture I could find online, posted on a site devoted to Q “research.” Here’s an enlarged version of the papers that Cooper is reading.

I see what looks like a picture of an adult couple. I can’t read any of the words; I don’t see any distinctly Cyrillic letters.

Here’s what Q thinks he saw in that same picture:

Hey, who are you going to believe? Q or your lying eyes?

I’m going to stick with my lying eyes. I guess when you’re putting forth the dumbest conspiracy theory in history, you need to be a little, er, creative in your interpretations.

Ok. I’ve saved the most horrifying new Q discovery til last. Brace yourself.

Recent XBox Live outages are evidence of cabal members trying to clean up evidence of their nefarious plots that they shared with each other in … Xbox Chat?

“So Q drops that he knows they were communicating with Xbox chat,” writes HouseSlytherin.

Which probably means Q has the chat logs. They double down and try and erase all that information on the server? Doesn’t that make them guilty of another crime? Assuming they were government employees at the time, they are deleting public record.

So Microsoft is part of the cabal too? OH NOES.

“Upsetting that now even gaming isn’t safe,” writes a female gamer calling herself Vexxlyn.

Gaming has always been a comfort thing for me ever since I was a little girl with my first game boy, knowing microsoft was betraying me kind of hurts.

Now obviously I’m skeptical of virtually all QAnon claims. But I don’t have a hard time believing that if there were a vast Q conspiracy Microsoft would be in it up to the neck. Clearly the company that brought us both Clippy and Windows 7 is capable of ANYTHING.

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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
2 years ago

I found out the other day that a co-worker of mine is a Q fan. Fortunately we don’t work in the same division and our paths cross but rarely. Still, it made me shudder.

There’s so much in this world that needs investigating and correcting, and we have too many people wasting their time on bogus stuff like this.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

Conservatives sure are dumb….

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

Given the number of conspiracy fantasies which have come from Eastern European “fake news factories”, “Q” is likely an entrepreneur cranking out crank ideas… (perhaps while high on crank… get more work done that way), and minting it off the however small donations of millions of absolute idiots.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

How does the underground city beneath the Denver airport fit into all this? Is that where the rich people are going to go to hide fro the nuclear fallout from Epstein’s nukes?

What about the lizard people? Are they team pedavore or team Trump?

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
2 years ago

Hmm. I currently have pink sneakers, and puple sneakers, and light green ones. What have I been doing to virgins?

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I have a pair of forties/fifties looking red high heels.

I earned them by mocking incels.

iknklast
iknklast
2 years ago

in government, business, and Hollywood

Not academia? Oh, no, we’re failing…

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

WOW ! The Q Insanity gets CRAZIER !! Had Seen the Secret World-Ruling Pedophile Conspiracy fought clandestinely by Mueller and Trump … BUT : When did the Pedophiles become Pedovores??? !!

Actually, the Baby -Eating,Babies’ Blood – Drinking are Old Traditions
Cannibalism of Infants was popular in Anti-Catholic Gothicks like Lewis” “The Monk” and the Vampirism on Babies stories Stories were long Believed to be Sacreligious Jewish Rituals.

epronovost
epronovost
2 years ago

QAnon is to modern day what Blood Libel was to Middle Age England. A paranoid conspiracy theory wrapped in anti-semitism.

Miss Cobalt
Miss Cobalt
2 years ago

I have to say, David, that picture cracked me the hell up

Z&T
Z&T
2 years ago

@ David,

The pic of the tank being transported makes me think of happy trips with my mom, family, and friends to Michigan 🙂

You’d often see such tanks being transported on the highways. This pic in particular reminds me of one I saw coming back from the MI dunes with my mom 🙂

Unrelated, or, a conspiracy about to go down?

I stumbled upon a sub reddit called “tendies” (which seems to be about chicken nuggets and …?) Anyway, from what I saw at a glance they seem to be planning some kind of “war” with the “Chads”. On 8/18.

Yeah I just looked again and they’re planning some “Great Chad War”.

WTF is this? Probably a meme war. Hopefully.

Thought you all might want to take a look.

(I’m kind of sorry I did, or it was more like WTF is this?)

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@eprovost : Thank You ! That’s what I was trying to say. Apparently bbein an Insane Conspiritoid Trumpkin does foster originality !

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
2 years ago

Red shoes symbolize blood spilled in ritual sacrifices, and have to be earned

Wait how does one exactly earn the blood spilled Red Shoes like those of The Wicked Witch of the East?

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@ Weird(and tired of trumplings)Eddie :
Actually,Weird Eddie,if the Q-anon disease were discovered to be the work of Eastern European of Russian Bots,it would be rather comforting! BBad enough that some poor Schizos seem to actually believe this crap,but knowing it is Disinformation would help.
Confoundingly: I guess that believing Q-anon is planted Fake Nrws opens one up to charges of also bbeing a Conspiracy Nut !

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

some poor Schizos

Please observe the comment policy.

No internet diagnosing. No conflating being an asshole with being mentally ill.

Podkayne Lives
Podkayne Lives
2 years ago

Actually, the Baby -Eating,Babies’ Blood – Drinking are Old Traditions
Cannibalism of Infants was popular in Anti-Catholic Gothicks like Lewis” “The Monk” and the Vampirism on Babies stories Stories were long Believed to be Sacreligious Jewish Rituals.

Yeah, a lot of this stuff is recycled anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic conspiracy theory from way back. Even this business about a “Babylonian style” sacrificial ritual? Jack Chick would recognize that in a virgin’s heartbeat.

But shit, didn’t the Enlightenment stick at all? We’ve put a man on the moon, split the atom, and kicked polio in the balls, we can replace a heart and break the sound barrier, but a not-insignificant percentage of the population still falls for this crap, wants to believe it, believes it with their whole heart, at least when they remember to.

My mother-in-law, I’m sure, is loving this stuff, too.

This whole thing is just creeping me the hell out. Ick. Ick. Ick.

Catalpa
Catalpa
2 years ago

I wear mostly steel-toed shoes because of my work. I assume that this is symbolic of, hmm, kicking old people in the head. Because old people have grey hair and that corresponds to the grey steel that protects my delicate toes.

You don’t want to know what the electric shock resistant soles symbolise, believe me.

Based on this extensive research which I have pulled directly out of my ass, I can only conclude that Mark’s work warehouse is secretly a cabal of eldervore monsters. With nukes, of course. Who faked the moon landing. /sarcasm

This conspiracy theory bullshit would be laughable if the adherents of it weren’t a bunch of legitimately dangerous bigoted jackasses.

Freemage
Freemage
2 years ago

Okay, so now we know the truth. Tom Hanks is the leader of the conspiracy QAnon is exposing. After all, how skillful do you have to be to not only participate in the blood-letting, but to do it all hopping around on one foot?

http://www.thefilmsmiths.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/redshoe-1.jpg

Phil Adley
Phil Adley
2 years ago

It’ll be funny when it turns out to be true LOL.

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@Podkayne Lives: Great comments,P.L. ! You’ve given me several terms to look up (Jack Chick ?)
As for the Enlightent “Sticking”,aside from the fact that there seem to be individuals,groups,and/or places the Enlightenment never occurred[or was/is Actively Resisted],I think that it’s durability & disappearance are cyclical. Obbviously in the age of Agent Orangethe Enlightenment’s prescence is at a Low Point and Fiercey Attacked.
Seems that the problem with understanding the ??Enlightenment’s cyclical highs and lows is getting too comfortable_Missing the crucial understanding that each/every Reaction Must Be Resisited !!

Dalillama
Dalillama
2 years ago

Oh joy, the Blood Libel is back. How long til someone’s waving the Protocols again…

Fucking filth

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
2 years ago

Elvis Costello (and the angels) are in on it too:

https://youtu.be/N0aAGP3ty_A

Well. I used to be disgusted. Now I’m revolted.

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@weirwoodtreehugger :chief manatee : Well,answering your charges RE: “Please observe the comments policy” & Other Crap__1] Why can’t Assholes be Both Assholes and “mentallly ill” ? Obviously there is No Shortage of peope who meet Both Designations.
For Observing the Comments Policy I have this Observation :
weirwoodtreehugger : chief manatee = Pretentious Twit.

Dalillama
Dalillama
2 years ago

@William Hooper

Just stop now.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

William,

It’s the comments policy

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Got a problem with it, email David.

Seriously. It was put in the comments policy so we could just point to it and avoid a fight. Unfortunately, almost every offender doubles down anyway.

calmdown
calmdown
2 years ago

This William Hooper was already trolling before. I recognize the random capitalizing of words and how the words also make no sense. He doesn’t care about the comments policy and is a very boring troll.

ChimericMind
ChimericMind
2 years ago

Dorothy got her red shoes from killing someone– the Wicked Witch of the East. Who had absolutely killed a lot of people in turn. Of course, in the original books, they were silver, but got changed to ruby for the films because it would show up better……

…Or was it because the FILM MAKERS WERE TRYING TO WARN US ALL THIS TIME!? How long has this been going on!?

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
2 years ago

@William Hooper
oh hai again hoop
one who continues to marr
the english language

Tovius
Tovius
2 years ago

@William Hooper
Stop digging.

Nequam
Nequam
2 years ago

How long til someone’s waving the Protocols again…

You say that like they ever stopped.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

@ChimericMind:

Of course, in the original books, they were silver, but got changed to ruby for the films because it would show up better……

… because they had basically just invented color movies and wanted to show off their new capabilities. The film was to a significant degree to showcase the new Technicolor film technology.

EverythingIsRidiculous
EverythingIsRidiculous
2 years ago

::looks down at red Danskos::

I bought them on eBay and they arrived in the mail.

Is that significant somehow …

TreePerson
TreePerson
2 years ago

@Dalillama
Never completely went away but “cultural marxisim” is the modern rebrand of it so back when gamergate started?

Re; red shoes
I’m reminded of the “walk in red” campaign which exists to fight autism$peaks’ disinfomation and hate filled “light it up blue”,
so some ableisim might be involved in that one especially once you remember the anti vaccine conspiracies and the hate autistic activists get from self described “autism warrior moms”.

Q-oincidence?

TreePerson
TreePerson
2 years ago

Also wasn’t 8chan (and reddit) famous for its lax moderator action on child porn?
Maybe the cannibalism is some kind of “I might like jail bait but at least I don’t eat children unlike [insert pejorative of the week here]!” thing?

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
2 years ago

I can’t read any of the words; I don’t see any distinctly Cyrillic letters.

It’s actually Greek. I think I see the word Παρειδωλία.

Richard Ford
2 years ago

Could it be that all these wacky conspiracies are cover for a slightly less wacky conspiracy? What better way to discredit any whistleblower?

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@Tovius “Stop digging”,Tovius?
Dig.

Handsome :Punkle Stan: Jack

Also wasn’t 8chan (and reddit) famous for its lax moderator action on child porn?

Both of those and 4chan all has boards dedicated to it. Last time I check Reddit still had one but they cracked down on hosting it on site so people just made a list of links to get around it.

Taquelli
Taquelli
2 years ago

As far fetched as the “no, it does not say Gannett, a well-known newspaper publisher, it says Walnut Sauce 77!” image is, I did some research and it does say that in the fake Cyrillic these people see.

Bazhe (the English transcription) is a Georgian sauce made with walnuts. Mind, it’s Georgian, not Russian, the XX thing makes no sense, since in Cyrillic, that character represents a c sound, and the porn implication of the letter X is a completely English convention, and also no attempt to explain 77? But still, what a weird coincidence.

Guess that means the whole theory is true! /s

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@calmdowm: Please Use your moniker as life advice,caldown. I haven’t been TROLLING,never have.Perhaps what you mistook for TROLING was my comments on the “Right-Wing trolls are smearing Hollwood Libeals…” article a few weeks ago. That’s the only one on which I’ve commented previously.NO TROLLINGby me,So:
Perhaps,calmdown,you would do well to calm down and reflect on the fact that you understand very little.

William Hooper
William Hooper
2 years ago

@Ooglyboogles: Oh,NO _Ooglyboggles ! One who was never quite abe to finish “The Cat in the Hat”,but Continues to mar Existence.

Nequam
Nequam
2 years ago

@Surplus: That’s why the Emerald City was really and truly green, as opposed to something the Wizard set up by making all Oz inhabitants and visitors wear green glasses…

Dvärghundspossen
Dvärghundspossen
2 years ago

@Chimeric Mind:

Of course, in the original books, they were silver, but got changed to ruby for the films because it would show up better……

I didn’t know that about the Wizard of Oz movie, but it makes sense! I’ve seen people theorize about the red shoes being some kind of symbol for growing up (and getting your period), but I was a big fan of the book as a kid (and re-read it as an adult a couple of years ago), and I’m like, hm, how does that theory square with the silver boots she wore in the book? Did the movie makers read the book and were like: “You know what this story needs for the movie? More uplifting messages and also period symbolism!” But ok, just wanting to show off colour is actually a simple and plausible explanation.

From your resident actual mental case off her meds: One week with no meds now, and I’m doing okay! Which I’m really happy about considering the shitload of pills I used to depend on to function at all! 😀 😀 😀

TreePerson
TreePerson
2 years ago

Fail troll is failing to troll.

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
2 years ago

And, yes, Q Believers have actually convinced themselves that the top cabal figures (including Hillary Clinton) are literal “pedovores” who drink the blood and eat the flesh of babies.

Unfortunately, I can predict that by the end of this year, someone armed will attack either a pizzeria or a Planned Parenthood clinic, believing there are “baby parts” being sold as pizza toppings.

Rei Malebario
Rei Malebario
2 years ago

I got married in a pair of red suede Converse All-Stars – what can it mean?!?

Rei Malebario
Rei Malebario
2 years ago

Oh, and what we can learn from this, I guess, is that certain people will happily believe literally anything, no matter how preposterous, incoherent or unintelligible so long as it’s racist.

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