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: #166 Country of Liars
September 21, 2020 4:54 PM -
Who is Q-Anon? PJ tells the surprising origin story of the Q scam, and the man who now seems to be in control of it.
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I went into this thinking it was just gonna be another "basics of Qanon," but while it has some of that, it also has a ton of story I'd never heard before. Including some pretty likely clues as to which nutcase is currently trying to be "Q."
on September 21 [
Similarly - I had heard about 8Chan and it's original founder, but not what happened next.
Well worth the listen.
on September 22
I'm not entirely sure how to square this with the several interviews I've heard from Brennan on QAnonAnonymous (a QAnon watchdog podcast, not a Q-enthusiast podcast.) I really want to like the guy, but every cynical, asshole "too good to be true" hair on my body tingles. He's clearly been through some real shit and several people I respect trust him. I want to believe.
But, this is definitely interesting and valuable, despite my unwarranted skepticism. I'm happy to see Reply All cover it.
on September 24
Excellent and well sources, great reporting. I wrote this summary of the major claims for some friends, hope it's helpful.
QAnon started on 4chan as one of a bunch of similar troll / role playing jokes that somehow got more serious
It migrated early to 8chan where maybe Paul Furber was Q. Furber gets Q on InfoWars and then to Reddit where it spreads big.
Ron Watkins (who owned 8chan) realized Q was powerful and took control of it and runs it even now that 8chan was knocked offline
The primary evidence for much of this is Fredrick Brennan's word; he founded 8chan and was working there. But he's kinda guessing.
There's a lot of shenanigans with the trip codes (a sort of password alternative) and verification of identity that suggest that Watkins took control of Q.
on September 25 [
Honestly I don't know how much I trust Brennan's word, though there's plenty of more trustworthy evidence that backs up his most important claims.
on September 26
Just popping in with some follow up... "Q" has been silent since 11/3/2020 , and Ron Watkins left 8Kun at the same time.
"Is QAnon’s silence tied to Ron Watkins’ departure from 8kun?"
on November 10 [
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