Interesting connecting it with QAnon, as what I’m seeing isn’t the stuff that I normally associate with that. That’s usually stuff about secret pedo rings and associating literally anyone with Epstein. That’s not what I’m seeing.
What I’m seeing is more actually correct information, just a lot of it with a whole lot of anger and outrage. What stood out to me is that there’s no new information, and not even allegations that it’s getting worse.
The first time I noticed it, it seemed almost explicitly about downplaying the dangers of COVID-19. It was a map of the US either sex trafficking or incidents of child molestation. The caption explicitly said something like “No, this isn’t a map of COVID-19 incidents, but of child molestation! Why isn’t anyone talking about this?” The map itself seems to be legit.
From there, I’ve seen more than the usual number of missing child notification, many from areas a lot further away than usual. I’ll see people posting articles about a specific child molestation incident, or some sex criminal. Not only do they seem more frequent, but the outrage level seems to be turned up to 11 when it’s usually more like a 7.
The most recent one I’ve seen, and the first one I didn’t just respond to on my own, was someone seeming to have just now discovered that NAMBLA exists, and getting really outraged about that. She even explicitly included a line about how “this isn’t political!” when the image she shared explicitly contains a #conservative hash tag. And how, if anyone supports this sort of thing, they should delete her now.
It’s just at the same level I see for the BLM/police brutality stuff or the (anti)-maskhole stuff. Those make sense–the latter is a new phenomenon, and the former is one that a lot of people are becoming newly aware of or just now realizing the full extent.
Normally I wouldn’t say much, but, being a distraction on COVID-19, I definitely feel l need to. I stayed silent in 2016, and we all know how that election went. What I’ve been saying is generally “Yeah, this is an issue, but I have to wonder why certain groups are making a big deal about this now when we’ve known about it forever, and we’ve been working on fixing it forever. I have to wonder if it’s a distraction to get parents riled up about this and not being pressured or even forced to send their kids back to school, where they are in a much more immediate threat–especially with schools not listening and enforcing the guildelines. Your kid is much, much more likely to get sick from COVID-19 than to be the victim of a pedo.”
At first I thought it was helping, as I wasn’t being unfriended or anything. But it just seems to be escalating, at least, among certain people. And I wondered if there’s anything better I could do.
I don’t consider ignoring it an option, unfortunately. That doesn’t mean I have to directly engage if that’s a bad idea, but I feel I need to do something to keep parents from being tricked, ya know? Even if it weren’t an election year, I’d want to do something.
(BTW, I’m wary of assuming the Pubs are going to be hit with a lot of Epstein connections for the same reason I’m wary of it with others. A whole lot of it seems to be just “I saw Epstein interacting with this person,” ignoring that he’s a rich guy who socialized with rich people who may not have known much about him. I only look at those with huge evidence like Maxwell, or at least images in semi-private locations with the actual sex-trafficked girls. Like what we found with Prince Andrew. Especially when QAnon thinks that someone with the last name Chandler must be Epstein’s “child handler”–because that’s how reality works…)