“Well, who ya gonna believe? Me or your own eyes?”
―Chico Marx, Duck Soup, 1933
I’m writing this on Saturday, November 7, 2020, the day Joe Biden was declared the forty-sixth president of the United States. On my television, thousands of Biden’s supporters are cheering and dancing in the streets of Los Angeles, shouting transcendental cries of relief out of second-floor windows.
Not everyone in the country is reacting with such joy. Of course, this would be true of any presidential election. Nothing unusual there. But 2020 is not a usual year in numerous ways. 2020 is a year in which thousands of citizens absolutely refuse to recognize reality when they see it. They call themselves “red-pilled,” drawing upon the terminology of The Matrix. In QAnon-speak, to “red-pill” is to accept as unassailable truth the conspiracy theory that occultists are ruling the world from behind the scenes by eating the brains of children and that Donald Trump is the only man who can save us from this evil cabal, while to “blue-pill” is to align yourself with the Democratic Party and become “sheeple” who believe only what mainstream newscasters and scientists tell you is true. Yes, that’s right . . . despite being fearful of an imagined dark world in which Celine Dion is lacing her children’s clothing line with a chemical that makes children “gender neutral” as part of a vast satanic scheme1, these “Christian Patriots” have embraced—as the central metaphor of their new religion—a science fictional concept created over twenty years ago by two transgender women. “Cognitive Dissonance” doesn’t even begin to describe the confused state of mind with which these people must wrestle on a daily basis.
In my recent five-part Salon series about the origins of QAnon, I wrote about the loopiness of a “Christian Patriot” radio show called The B2T Show. During the first episode that aired after the 2020 presidential election, a Christian seer calling herself “Amanda Grace” revealed what the Lord God Yahweh told her about Donald Trump’s 2020 landslide victory. (You heard right: Trump’s “landslide victory.”) The venerable hosts of the show, Rick and his weird friend Gene, helped Amanda explain to their viewers that wicked “destroyers” disguised as postal workers thwarted Trump’s reelection by tainting, shredding, and switching vital pieces of pro-Trump ballots. Their proof? Why, the voice of God appeared in Amanda’s skull at 3:00 A.M. and told her all of this, of course. What else?
“Now, the Lord usually repeats himself before something’s about to happen. I’ve noticed this.”
―Amanda Grace, The B2T Show, 11-4-20
Rick & Gene insisted that Trump's “white hats” (the mythical angels that are helping Trump from behind the scenes even though, for some reason, they failed to help the Great Man get reelected) have cleverly set up the Democrats with a “blockchain watermark system” on every ballot. As a result, Biden and his cohorts will be arrested lickety-split. At one point in the episode, Rick even insists—with a straight face—that without voter fraud, the electoral map would have been completely red. In the upper left corner of Rick’s personal map, one can see Biden’s face with a “zero” right next to it. These “Christian Patriots” seriously believe that Biden received zero legitimate votes in 2020. Zero.2
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
―Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818
On November 6, 2020, The Washington Post reported the arrests of two QAnon acolytes near the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes from the presidential election were still being counted:
Philadelphia police said they located the armed men [Joshua Macias and Antonio LaMotta] near the convention center late Thursday after being tipped off about people with guns traveling there in a silver Hummer with Virginia license plates. Police found the Hummer and then two bike patrol officers spotted the two men, both of whom were arrested for having guns they were not allowed to carry in the city . . .
Photos of the Hummer captured what appeared to be a hat inside bearing an insignia for QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory, as well as a decal on its rear window bearing an abbreviation of that group’s rallying cry, “Where we go one, we go all.”
In a statement announcing the charges Friday, [Philadelphia District Attorney Larry] Krasner said police had been told the armed people were coming to Philadelphia, “possibly for a reason related to the ongoing canvas of votes.” He also said the investigation is ongoing and that more charges could follow.
Danielle Outlaw, the Philadelphia police commissioner, said LaMotta was seen carrying a 9 mm pistol visible in a hip holster, while Macias had a handgun concealed under his jacket. Outlaw said that Macias had a Virginia concealed carry permit. After the men gave police consent to search their Hummer, an AR-15-style rifle was recovered inside it, she said. In total, Krasner said about 160 rounds of ammunition were found.3
The next day, on November 7, the Times of India reported:
Two heavily armed men “coming to deliver a truck full of fake ballots” have been arrested near the Philadelphia convention center where election workers were counting votes from the undecided US presidential election, police said. Antonio LaMotta, 61, and Joshua Macias, 42, both of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested on Thursday night outside the center on suspicion of carrying handguns in Pennsylvania state without permits, according to US media reports . . .
Details about the alleged fake ballots—including where they came from, whether they were found in the Hummer, or what was marked on them—were not immediately available, CNN reported.
It’s unclear what those men were allegedly intending to do. The FBI and Philadelphia Police are investigating the incident, CBS News reported.
Prosecutors say text messages show the men say they were concerned about the vote counting happening at the Convention Center and they were “coming to deliver a truck full of fake ballots to Philly.”
Stickers and a hat with logos of the far-right QAnon conspiracy movement were found in the vehicle, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said . . . 4
In June of 2020, a QAnon follower named Alpalus Slyman kidnapped his own children (five of them) in order to prevent them from being kidnapped by the Deep State. Even while being chased by a swarm of cops down a highway in Massachusetts, Slyman had the presence of mind to livestream the daring “rescue.” He yelled into the camera, “Donald Trump, I need a miracle or something! QAnon, help me! QAnon, help me!”
Here’s an excerpt from Will Sommer’s August 16, 2020 Daily Beast article about the incident:
Inspired by [QAnon] videos he had watched online, Slyman warned his children during the chase that the police were coming to abduct them—or maybe just shoot them in a staged killing. In return, they begged him to pull over. His daughter even tried to grab the wheel of the minivan and drive it off the road after he accused her and his wife, who had dived out of the vehicle at the start of the chase, of being agents of the nefarious cabal that QAnon believers say controls the world.
“They want to make us crazy,” Slyman said, “but I’m not crazy. My wife and my daughter were a part of it.”
Desperate, Slyman’s daughter told her father she was working for the mythical cabal in a failed attempt to scare him into stopping the minivan. Then Slyman told his children, who ranged from 8 months to 13 years old, about the QAnon belief that a video of Hillary Clinton and aide Huma Abedin eating children’s brains was discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Days earlier, Slyman had watched a video pushing exactly that claim on a YouTube channel operated by Timothy Charles Holmseth, a QAnon promoter who claims to work for a secretive government agency called the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force.
There is no Pentagon Pedophile Task Force. But there in the middle of a high-speed chase, Slyman spouted that baseless claim to his children anyway.
“Hillary’s demonic,” Slyman said. “I know about Hillary cutting open a 10-year-old. And Huma Abedin.”
New Hampshire police blew out Slyman’s tires, but he kept going. The chase only ended when Slyman crashed into a police cruiser, then drove his minivan into a tree.5
An unending loop of your basest fears funneled back into your basal ganglia through strategically composed lies can only lead to a funhouse-mirror view of life, particularly when the brain in question is already disordered to begin with. Even the most extreme fanatic can fight reality for only so long. Sooner or later, you have one of two choices to make: 1) either wake up and acknowledge that you allowed yourself to be conned into accepting pure illusion as truth or 2) embrace the illusion and live inside it 24/7. Mr. Alpalus Slyman chose the latter path. He “blue-pilled” while incessantly and maniacally claiming he had done the exact opposite.
Despite what “Amanda Grace” was told by the Lord God Yahweh, the only verifiable reports of criminals being arrested with “fake ballots” in their possession were a pair of QAnon followers.
Despite what Alpalus Slyman was told by the Lord God QAnon, the only verifiable reports of a criminal being arrested with kidnapped children in their possession while ranting and raving about “eating children’s brains” was a QAnon follower named Alpalus Slyman.
To better comprehend the shape and shadow of this new American religion, I decided to sign up for the B2T Show newsletter using a Gmail address associated with a skillfully crafted pseudonym through which not even the most steely-eyed, astute, Sherlock-Holmesian observer could penetrate: “Edgar Allan Poe.” I know what you’re thinking: did Mr. Poe know I was appropriating his identity? Yes, of course. Naturally, I received his permission before embarking on this delicate psyop.
Poe’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (in case you don’t know, Mr. Poe was born in 1809). In March of 2020, just after the lockdown, Mr. Poe guest-blogged for my Cryptoscatology website, contributing an Op-Ed piece entitled “The Masque of the Red Death.”6 When I invited him to guest-blog for me, I was hoping he would help my readers get their minds off the pandemic, but that’s not what happened. (Poe’s not exactly a happy camper.)
Seconds after submitting Poe’s email address to the B2T Show website, I received the following boilerplate response:
I’ve never been the most political guy. I didn’t have the time for it (or so I thought).
I work full time for a large tech consulting company. [For some reason, Rick does not wish to advertise the fact that he works for IBM. Is it because he’s constantly railing against the satanic evils of “Big Tech”?]
I’m a dad and a Christian and love the Bible. I used to fill my time teaching Bible classes at my church and coaching my kids in sports or watching/paying [sic] sports.
It was 2015 when the seeds of my "take the blue pill or the red pill" moment were planted.
My son, who was 17 at the time, sent me a YouTube video link and asked me to check it out.
Having no idea what I was getting myself into, I watched the video he sent me.
And I admit, it seemed pretty out there. Definitely stuff you don’t hear from the Mainstream Media or the News Apps on my phone where I was getting my news at the time.
"Is my kid a conspiracy theorist?" I remember wondering . . . especially as he continued sending me more and more videos, many discussing topics that were weird or just seemed impossible.
And I was turned way off by some of the abrasive personalities delivering the information, with some even yelling and screaming at the camera.
But, to connect with my son—and keep a watchful eye—I kept watching these and other videos he’d sent me.
The more I listened, the more I was able to see past the presentation styles, and LISTEN to what they were actually saying.
I became intrigued enough to research these "crazy theories."
And much to MY shock, there was a lot more truth behind them than I’d have ever believed.
As I kept digging, I kept finding valleys as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon between what the mainstream media reported and what was actually truthful.
Like I said, Trump getting nominated shocked the heck out of me. I hadn’t voted for him in the primary but now I started seeing through the hateful media coverage on Trump.
By now I’d taken "the red pill," and not only was there no turning back, I knew I couldn’t keep my findings to myself.
My first attempt to share them, publicly, was pretty disappointing.
We’ve all got to start someplace, though, even if we fall on our face, right?
Donald Trump "fell on his face" in his past as he nearly went bankrupt several times, but he persisted against giant odds and became successful. When running for President, the establishment underestimated him, and they were the ones who were most shocked when he won the nomination.
Were you surprised when Trump won the nomination to run on the Republican ticket? Excited? Was it an answer to prayer? Were you shocked like I was when Donald Trump won?
Or did you believe from the start?
Hit reply and let me know. I’d love to hear.
So, this Christian tech guy, who used to spend most of his time “watching/paying [sic] sports,” receives a few links to some raucous Alex Jones videos from his disaffected teenage progeny and takes a deep dive into madness. Over the next couple of years, in the wake of QAnon’s appearance in November 2017, this leads to a YouTube channel that boasted more than ninety thousand subscribers before it was taken down just a few weeks before the election in a sudden move on YouTube’s part to crack down on “conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence.”7
I can see it now: Rick B2T goes out of his way to create this YouTube empire built on rightwing conspiracy theories just to impress his son. He turns to his kid one afternoon and says, “Hey, you’ve gotta admit . . . Pops is pretty cool, right?” And his son says, through heavy-lidded, bloodshot, stoned eyes, “Huh? Oh… whut? Conspiracy theories? Aw . . . leave me alone, man. I’m not into that crap any more, Dad. I’ve moved on to veganism, Buddhism, and autoerotic strangulation. Let me send you a few links about all that stuff instead . . .” Well, Rick can’t base a YouTube channel on those subjects, not if he wants to remain in the same church to which he’s been tithing for the past two decades, so he just powers on with the QAnon propaganda even though—in some deep, cellular part of his brain—he must know by now that it’s complete bullshit.
But you wouldn’t know that by listening to his nightly pronouncements.
It’s now November 9 and Rick B2T is telling his followers that Pennsylvania is no longer projecting Biden as the winner; the entire state has been returned to the undecided category on the electoral map. No reliable source is reporting this. “Ignore the fake news!” he says several times in between advertisements urging his loyal viewers to invest in gold. He’s also insisting that the Fox News broadcasters are far too leftwing for his tastes, nothing more than “controlled opposition” who are secretly working for the Deep State. He urges his viewers to abandon Fox News for Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy’s ultra-conservative streaming service. Any source reporting that Trump is not the real winner of the 2020 election is tipping their hand, revealing the irrefutable fact that they’re in cahoots with the Deep State.8
Rick lays out how he believes “the Cabal” rigged the election for Biden:
“Remember: We were winning Wisconsin, we were winning Michigan, as well as Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania, when we all went to bed. And they closed down the voting machines to try to figure out how many votes they needed. And because of the awesome job you all did, getting out there and voting—the in-person vote won every state except for New York. And it was so overwhelming, it overwhelmed the cheating they had planned on, such as the algorithms taking three percent of the vote away from the counties with what they call the Dominion Software. A lot more is going to be coming out about the Dominion Software. And you’ll see that that [software] was flipping. We’ve seen two examples of it now, where we literally see the exact number of votes going out of a Republican and into a Democrat. There was one that literally showed that. It went from Trump to Biden, the exact number of votes for that minute. So, it was 560 votes the first time, and it was a significant amount of votes that moved to Joe Biden. I think it was 19,000 or so. Huge numbers! But in-person voting overwhelmed their cheating, so they had to go back to manual cheating. And that’s where they’re gonna get nailed!”9
The definitive book about the history of voter fraud in the United States is Votescam: The Stealing of America by James and Kenneth Collier. A significant portion of the Collier Brothers’ book deals with massive corruption in Dade County, Florida. I found a paperback copy of Votescam in 1994 at Either/Or, a sorely missed bookstore once located right across from the Hermosa Beach pier. Imagine my surprise when, in 2000, the entire election pivoted on accusations of fraud in none other than . . . Dade County, Florida. I felt as if I had been privileged enough to stumble across some sort of mystical screenplay laying out weirdly specific future events.
In December of 2000, Salon published Greg Palast’s in-depth analysis of voter fraud in the 2000 elections entitled “Florida's Flawed ‘Voter-cleansing’ Program.” Palast’s analysis centered on a particular geographical location, which would be far easier to rig than an entire country.10 The reason I find Palast's coverage of the 2000 election far more compelling than the accusations I've heard regarding the 2020 election is that I don't hear a lot of specific examples of voter fraud being cited. What I'm hearing essentially amounts to rumors or secondhand accounts. Where's the evidence Rick claims to have in his possession? He says he has “two examples,” but doesn't back up the claim with anything concrete (and Rick's going to need a lot more than just two examples to convince anyone of these accusations). At the moment, these are just blustering pronouncements that seem akin to wish fulfillment.
Another question I have is this: If “the Cabal” had the capability to pull this off in 2020, why didn't they rig the election for Hillary in 2016?
Perhaps this leads us in a different and far more disturbing direction. Let’s say QAnon is correct, that this occult cabal has been in charge of the entire American shebang for the past several decades. When did their control begin? With Bill Clinton in 1992? Or were George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan also pawns on the Illuminati chessboard? If so, why wouldn’t this same cabal have total control of the 2016 election, just like they did with every election that preceded it? Therefore, can we not conclude that Trump was their chosen candidate in 2016?
Hey, I’m sorry, Rick, am I asking too many questions? Perhaps I should just shut my trap and “Trust the Plan.”
“There’s nothing [Trump] tweets that doesn’t come true. Right? Just think back all the way when they attacked Trump for tweeting lies when he said he was being wiretapped. And he was, right? So almost everything he says—I don’t know if he has a looking glass or if he’s just got a mass of information from military intel. I personally believe he has both, but everything he says is correct.”
―Rick Rene, The B2T Show, 11-9-20
It’s now November 11 and Rick is telling his followers that only nineteen states voted for Biden (despite the fact that two days earlier he insisted that no states voted for Biden). He then directs his loyal viewers to a website called EveryLegalVote.com where one can view an electoral map of the United States through the lens of two dramatically different buttons. When you click on the left button (marked “With Voter Fraud”), the map shows 306 electoral votes for Biden and 232 for Trump. When you click the right button (marked “Without Voter Fraud”), the map shows 220 electoral votes for Biden and 318 for Trump.
You see? You clicked the button, the screen changed, and unadorned reality was unveiled before your eyes. And this mystical illumination came about without psilocybin, ayahuasca, or adrenochrome extracted from pre-legal pineal glands. It’s difficult to argue with the absolute truth when it’s laid out for you so conveniently, right there on your glowing screen. It’s rather like a magical looking glass, isn’t it? Like looking through a beautifully crafted stained-glass window, right into the heart of Reality Itself. Like a fairy tale come true.
Later in this same episode, Rick stares into his camera and revels in giving his audience the Good News: “President Trump is currently winning the 2020 election with most states won, and he holds the lead in the Electoral voting. The President now holds 232 Electoral College votes to Biden’s 226. The President has won twenty-five states to Biden’s nineteen. There are six states still in question. You’ll never get this fair reporting from the corrupt news. They are trying to anoint [Biden]. They create fear, and they’re trying to feed on that fear and change timelines. They’re trying to change the future timeline to what we all start thinking. If we start thinking in fear, and thinking like this, and let all the media do the work for us . . . that’s why, turn off that TV! Turn off Fox News! Turn on Newsmax, if you’re going to have the TV on, or otherwise go to programs like this. Go to Bitchute—to your other favorite QTubers, if you will, and I think you’ll really enjoy staying out of the Fake News media for a while.”
In this most challenging year marked by flux and chaos, Rick is advising his flock to seal themselves off from any point of view that differs from the reality in which they wish to live rather than the one that exists. Is this the best method for survival in a time of crisis?
Welcome to the Disassociated States of America.
After the election, Q went dark for over a week. If you listened closely, you could hear the grating sound of thousands of Q-heads biting their nails throughout this prolonged silence from Trump’s most important covert intelligence advisor. The last post before Biden’s victory read as follows:
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln Nov 1863 Together we win.11
This was accompanied by a YouTube link to the soundtrack of Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans (1992).
Upon seeing this “drop,” I immediately thought: this is the most inspiring message they can come up with one day before the election?
It was almost as if the various members of Team QAnon were bored silly with the assignment and couldn’t wait for it to end.
“We’ve had about eight days of darkness, if you will. 11-3 was the last [Q] drop . . . Hopefully, we’ll get some [new Q drops] on Friday. That would be ten days, if he’s doing the ten-day thing. But I never expect that. You know . . . he’s gone longer than ten days. Sometimes twenty-one days. Who knows? The point is, he’s got us thinking for ourselves. That is the point of this whole thing.”
―Rick Rene, The B2T Show, 11-11-20
At last, on November 12, Team QAnon pops their head out of the sand with an uncharacteristically gentle assurance that borders on the motherly in tone:
It had to be this way.
Sometimes you must walk through the darkness before you see the light.12
This Hallmark card can’t possibly assuage the seething hordes who have been waiting to see Biden’s severed head hanging from a lamppost in Washington, D.C.
After reading the above “Q drop” to his audience at the beginning of his November 13 (Friday the 13th) podcast, Rick attempts to calm his virtual parishioners: “There are a lot of people who feel apprehension right now. I’m asking you to please keep that faith. Do not be anxious about anything. In every situation (and this is one of those situations, right?), by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And if you do that, He promises what? The peace of God that transcends all understanding. The peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! That peace that transcends all understanding! And that’s why Q says, ‘It had to be this way.’ We’re gettin’ those three birds with one stone. The criminal, cheating Democrats, boom! Criminal Big Tech, poosh! Criminal media. Over the next couple of months, they’re all going to be completely exposed, right? And so there might be some rough times, but, heck . . . sometimes you must walk through the darkness before you see the light.”13
I don’t know how long Rick’s assurances are going to keep this QAnon crowd pacified. And neither does Rick.
Mere days before the election, Q posted a barrage of questions like a football coach intent on ramping up his players’ enthusiasm before the most important game of the century:
Are you ready to finish what we started?14
Are you ready to hold the political elite accountable?15
Are you ready to take back control of this Country?16
A sad, defeatist post like “It had to be this way” seems rather anticlimactic by comparison. Where the hell did all the bravado go?
Despite Rick’s hollow assurances, a lot of Trump’s acolytes are growing more and more freaked out by Q’s failure to bring about the “Great Awakening” that he/she/they have been promising for so many years. Some of them have begun to retcon the entire QAnon phenomenon in order to maintain the peculiar worldview that Q helped instill in them in the first place. Aubrey Huff, a former Major League Baseball player (for the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers, among others), sent out the following tweet on Saturday, November 4:
Qanon was a democratic strategy to keep many conservatives complacent in “trusting the plan” while the left continued their evil corruption.
In Aubrey Huff’s mind, Q’s overarching conspiratorial worldview is still firmly in place—and, in keeping with the QAnon phenomenon, wrongdoings committed by the right are flipped and blamed on the left. Perhaps this marks the future of QAnon: QAnon without QAnon. Just drop the label and rebrand. Maybe some other anonymous poster will soon pop up offering salvation through hatred, paranoia, racism, xenophobia, neophobia, and plain, good old-fashioned, All-American fear.
Maybe it’ll even be you.
1 Emily Writes, “Down the Rabbit Hole With the COVID-19 Conspiracy Theorists,” Thespinoff.co.nz, March 17, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/17-03-2020/emily-writes-down-the-rabbit-hole-with-the-covid-19-conspiracy-theorists/.
2 “The Great Election Sting!,” Blessed2Teach.com, Nov. 4, 2020 (accessed Nov. 7, 2020). Available at: https://blessed2teach.com/the-great-election-sting-amanda-gene-live-b2t-show-nov-4-2020-2/.
3 Maura Ewing, Rachel Weiner, Craig Timberg and Mark Berman, "Two Charged With Carrying Weapons Near Philadelphia Vote-counting Site Amid Election Tensions," Washingtonpost.com, Nov. 6, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/06/philadelphia-attack-plot-vote-count-election/.
4"Armed Men Arrested Outside Counting Centre in Philadelphia Were Trying to Deliver Fake Ballots," Timesofindia.indiatimes.com, Nov. 7, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/us-presidential-elections/armed-men-arrested-outside-counting-centre-in-philadelphia-were-trying-to-deliver-fake-ballots-reports/articleshow/79098427.cms.
5 Will Sommer, “QAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories. Now They’re Stealing Kids,” The Daily Beast, Aug. 16, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-promotes-pedo-ring-conspiracy-theories-now-theyre-stealing-kids.
6 Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death,” Cryptoscatology.com, March 23, 2020 (accessed November 14, 2020). Available at: http://cryptoscatology.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-masque-of-red-death.html.
7 Julia Alexander, “YouTube Won’t Ban QAnon Content, But Will Remove Videos That Could Promote Violence,” Oct. 15, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/15/21517640/youtube-qanon-content-policy-update-hate-harassment-ban-facebook-pinterest.
8 “The Great Election Sting! Part 3 – PA Rescinded!” Blessed2Teach.com, Nov. 9, 2020 (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://blessed2teach.com/the-great-election-sting-part-3-pa-rescinded-b2t-show-nov-9-2020-is-2/.
10 Greg Palast, “Florida's Flawed ‘Voter-cleansing’ Program,” Gregpalast.com, Dec. 4, 2000 (accessed Nov. 14, 2020). Available at: https://www.gregpalast.com/floridas-flawed-voter-cleansing-program-saloncoms-politics-story-of-the-year/.
11 Q, “4949,” Qalerts.app/ (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://qalerts.app/?n=4949.
12 Q, “4951,” Qalerts.app/ (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://qalerts.app/?n=4951.
13 “The Great Election Sting – Part 6. 1984 Censorship,” Blessed2Teach.com, Nov. 13, 2020 (accessed Nov. 15, 2020). Available at: https://blessed2teach.com/the-great-election-sting-part-6-1984-censorship-b2t-show-nov-13-2020-is-2/.
14 Q, “4944,” Qalerts.app/ (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://qalerts.app/?n=4944.
15 Q, “4945,” Qalerts.app/ (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://qalerts.app/?n=4945.
16 Q, “4946,” Qalerts.app/ (accessed Nov. 13, 2020). Available at: https://qalerts.app/?n=4946.
Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. Among other books, he is author of Until the Last Dog Dies (Night Shade/Skyhorse), a darkly satirical novel, and Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction and Homeland Security (OR Books), which Flavorwire called “by many miles the [year’s] weirdest and funniest book.”
Ken Weaver is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings and photography focus on trauma in all of its manifestations. Weaver’s Dreamweapon series is an attempt to pull back the flesh, exposing the brutal underbelly of today's psychotic/neurotic parts of American culture: the artist’s own American exorcism.