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  •  I have at least two friends who are buying in (6+ / 0-)

    to the "Newtown Hoax" - one is a friendly aqauintance, I met thorugh art of all things, an older, very religious, magical thinking lady.. I don't know her well enough to know if she is malicious or just very gullible and ignorant.. Her facebook posts alternate between glowing sunsets, kittens, and rabid conspiracy theories.
    The other is a stranger and sadder story. "Ken" is dear friend. He and his partner "Martin" were our neighbors for years. Martin was HIV positive, frail and sick. Ken was the bread-winner, the practical one. They moved away a few years ago, but had become so close with us, we stayed in touch and even were able to visit them. Last year Martin finally sucummed to pnemonia. Ken was able to become legal gaurdian to "David" - Martin's mixed race nephew they have cared for since he was three. David was a playmate of our kids. David looks like Obama's son, so race really isn't the motivation for Ken's paranoia. Ken stuck by Martin through all his illnesses and has stood by David. As a human being, he's someone i"ve profoundly admired.

    I'm trying to figure out for myself why Ken is completely, obsessively immeresed in CT libertarian culture now. I think his involvement with wholistic health (to help heal Martin) and organic food issues may have been the gateway drug. He is against GMO's, flouride, mono-culture.. it follows that he's aginst corporate power in agriculture. His relative poverty and struggles have turned him against the economic system and now the "banksters" -- (some of his links have secondary links to neo nazi, anti Israel stuff) Before Newtown he was posting and forwarding 9-11 conspiracies, he hated Bush, voted for Obama the first time, but the bailouts etc. turned him off. He states, and I must agree, that our government isn't exactly transparent, and has been guilty of black-ops.

    When Martin died, his spirituality understandably turned to attempts to contact the spirit world, and some intensely mystical new-agey christianity.. and I think some in that world are also prone to conspiracy theories.
    He has sent me increasingly bizarre links to interpertations of signs in 10 year old movies that "predict" Sandy Hook, worthy of an addled Barthes.

    I'm posting this personal story, because Ken doesn't fit the redneck gun nut stereotype at all.. He's the bisexual adoptive father of mixed race kid, who's as loving as anyone i"ve ever known. I feel like his emotional desperation is almost leading him to mask his grief and struggles in a diversionary obsession.

    We're still emailing and facebooking and I read much of what he sends me, send him snopes and common sense when I can... But our correspondence made we aware of the cancerous pool of fear, lies and hatemongering that is much more prevalent than "normal" people realize, I'm so glad to see this diary. This subject needs to be widely publicized and shown the bright sunlight so it can dry up and blow away.

    •  First, sorry for losses... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...both your friend to HIV and your friends possible metal health issues.

      Because that's how I see some of this: as some sort of OCD which has it's focus on preventing fear and feeling "protected."

      I said before that there are a number of people hard-wired to hate like this. (BTW, Hate = Fear), but there are many causations. Let's not get stuck focusing on one or two things and miss the big picture.

      Automatic weapons are a public health issue.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:35:43 PM PST

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    •  In a word: paranoia. (1+ / 0-)
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      These generated fantasies are designed to suck in people with this affliction.

      To weaken their grips on reality.

      At the same time, the Far Right fantasies sneak in slams at sensible, pro-democracy, scientific, law abiding, competent, pro-female, pro-justice opponents.

      The liars are birchers. They will always be birchers.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:32:54 AM PST

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