When 90% of the discourse involves a bunch of white guys arguing over creds in the disinfo space — even when it’s obvious who is right/wrong — maybe we can all step back and ask why this is the discourse in the first place, and whether that itself may be a problem.
I’m not trying to criticize those responding to what they perceive as personal attacks. I get it. I’ve been there. A lot. But maybe the reason the disinfo space keeps becoming toxic isn’t entirely the fault of the work? And maybe not even the fault of one person, but the culture?
If anyone ever wants to, you know, talk about this, & how it got this way & how we could maybe make this space not-so-toxic if we started addressing the norms & assumptions & priorities and dynamics underlying the work … well, you know where to find me. Where I’ve always been.
*edited to say: In some instances, it’s not just a perception. It’s an attack.
I do think the overwhelmingly white and male (and young) nature of the disinfo space contributes to the level of aggression, unfriendly competition, and tendency to turn this into a weird incestuous popularity contest, and I think we can all agree we’d be better off without that.
I do want to thank the few people in this space who consistently go out of their way to credit my work and findings. I notice it every time and appreciate it immensely. I also notice who doesn’t do that, and if that’s you, please stop trying to claim a space that isn’t yours.

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13 Jan
Oh wow. There’s a whole section in the indictment of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes that describes ongoing plans for violence — ie, Jan. 6th was not the end by any means.

On the evening of 1/6, Rhodes sent a message saying: “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Image
One co-conspirator describes the Oath Keepers going to the Kentucky mountains and fighting from a network of tunnels. Image
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes basically spent the month of January amassing weapons. He spent $17,500 on firearms over 9 days. Image
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Oh wow. The Jan. 6th Committee has in its possession forged certificates of ascertainment declaring Trump and then-Vice President Mike Pence the winners of both Michigan and Arizona and their electors after the 2020 election.

This is a BFD.
politi.co/3qXmNPw
The Jan. 6 Committee also now has emails showing a previously unreported call from Lindsey Graham to Georgia Sec. of State Raffensperger, with Graham telling him some ballots **should be thrown out.**
Also new: Georgia gave the Jan 6th Committee an audio recording between Trump & a Frances Watson, a chief investigator in GA’s Sec of State’s office.

In the call, Trump urged Watson to find “dishonesty” in the state’s election.
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Bare shelves in January 2018.

….hmmm but wait, Biden wasn’t POTUS then! Almost like this happens when we have winter storms every single year.
Just to keep these organized for easier retrieval…
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This is in no way organic and I hope @Twitter will look into the use of prohibited third-party tools here.
Just parking this here, for no reason at all.
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If anyone has more info on Garrett Smith, the guy arrested with explosives near an Oath Keepers’ rally in Florida, pass it along or flag it please.
thedailybeast.com/florida-man-ga…
I’m seeing reports that he had a helmet with an iron front logo on it. On the left, below, is what a typical iron front logo looks like. On the right, below, is the best image the police have made available of his helmet.

I’m not seeing an iron front logo.
Police described it as “colors and symbols and arrows…consistent with what some of the protesters in Oregon wore.” Police didn’t use the phrase “iron front” and they didn’t identify which type of protester from Oregon they were referring to (fascist? Anti-fascist? Other?)
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