‘Chip in my brain’: The making of a conspiracy believer

Thanks to the reader who sent us the link to this completely engrossing podcast from the U.S.-based NPR radio programme, “This American Life”. It’s an hour long but well worth the time, in our opinion. We found that the episode, titled “Chip in My Brain”, resonated with our experiences of “true believer” troofers of the…

False Start Foundation troll strikes back

It was probably inevitable that yesterday’s post about the False Start Foundation’s harassing genuine survivors of child sexual abuse, while pushing their own “Satanic ritual abuse” agenda, would have provoked a bit of backlash. And sure enough, Cat Scot/CalamiTcat/Lesley Scott lashed back within hours. First on Facebook: …and then on her “Spidercatweb.blog” (whoa, would you…

False Start Foundation: Same shit, different day

Last April we began tracking a new organisation which was claiming to represent the interests of survivors of child sexual abuse. The “Fresh Start Foundation”—yet another “foundation” with a name which could easily be confused with a number of others, rather like the “Knight Foundation”—had a very interesting list of founding officers, many of whom…

More effective protection for stalking victims on its way?

A Private Members’ Bill proposing measures to increase protection for victims of stalking passed second reading in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, with all-party support. The Stalking Protection Bill, sponsored at second reading by Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes)(Con), proposes to intervene earlier and more effectively, not only in-person stalking by persons known to their…

Update: Rupert Quaintance to be released, deported

A few weeks ago Belinda announced that Rupert Quaintance, who has been serving a prison sentence since he was found guilty of Harassment 4 on 30 August, 2017, would be released from Wandsworth Prison on 13 January 2018. Rupert was sentenced to nine months apiece on two counts of harassment, to be served concurrently. Pending…