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Right-wing extremists have a history of attacking power substations

By Donna
December 6, 2022 8:15 am
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I think there was a connection to the drag show. From the article:

Police aren't saying much, rather they're repeating over and over that it was someone who knew what they were doing. It's unclear whether they think that's an inside job or if was a planned attack from someone who researched exactly how to inflict the most damage. Law enforcement hasn't made any arrests nor have they indicated there are any suspects. They did speak to a woman online who bragged she knew who it was and implied that a drag show was the target of the attack.

"But honestly, bottom line we really do not know," Maddow explained. "At the first press conference yesterday where the sheriff and local officials took the first questions about what had happened, they were immediately asked and then asked repeatedly whether this attack on the electrical infrastructure in North Carolina might be related to threats and intimidation that have been directed at local LGBTQ groups in Moore County recently, and in particular, at a drag show at a downtown venue in the town of Southern Pines, a show that started just minutes before the power stations were shot up and the lights went out."

She noted that there were a lot of right-wing protesters trying to shut down the event Saturday night, just hours before the power stations were shot up. It follows another protest by masked right-wing paramilitary groups at an LGBTQ group last month in the nearby town of Sanford, North Carolina. In fact, there were about 4 different anti-LGBTQ hate attacks by far-right, milita groups over the weekend. One in Columbus, Ohio, and another in Lakeland, Florida.

Groups that monitor militias and hate groups have noticed a significant increase in mobilization and attacks over the past several years against LGBTQ people, people of color, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans and more. Last year, hate crimes rose 44 percent. In 2022, hate crime reports were already increasing again at the halfway point of the year.

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on December 6, 2022 9:44 am
    Sheesh, talk about an overreaction. Attendance at the drag show wasn't mandatory, it was optional.

    This has happened before. See link. On April 16, 2013, an attack was carried out on Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Metcalf transmission substation in Coyote, California, near the border of San Jose. The attack, in which gunmen fired on 17 electrical transformers, resulted in more than $15 million worth of equipment damage, but it had little impact on the station's electrical power supply.

    The power grid is very vulnerable to attack. Power companies are mostly private and they need to ramp up defenses against these relatively low tech attacks. The defense measures could also be low tech shields.

  2. by Donna on December 6, 2022 10:08 am

    The article I posted opens with a short discussion about that incident.

  3. by HatetheSwamp on December 6, 2022 10:50 am

    Oy!, Rachel!!!!!

    Do you EVER read actual news and forego hate speech propaganda?


  4. by Donna on December 6, 2022 1:12 pm

    Protesters wearing Nazi gear show up outside Lakeland charity event that included drag performers (12/5/22)

    LAKELAND, Fla. - There has been a dramatic increase in hate speech and violence against the LGBTQ community in recent years. The organization GLAAD has counted more than 120 incidents so far this year. 

    One incident, involving neo-Nazis, happened over the weekend in Lakeland. Masked men dressed in Nazi gear and carrying flags demonstrated outside a charity event that included drag performers. 

    The event, "A Celebration of the Arts," took place at Art/Ifact Studios on Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland early Saturday evening. Just as the show was about to begin, people in the building realized something was unfolding outside.

    MORE: Supreme Court justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

    "One of our volunteers rushed in and said police officers are out there," said Jason DeShazo, who put together and performs under the drag name "Momma Ashley Rose." "There are Nazis out there protesting, and of course, my response was, ‘what!’" 

    At least a dozen demonstrators held signs that said, "Drag queens are pedophiles with AIDS." They also projected "Child grooming in progress," and "Pedophilia must be punished by death," on an outside wall.

    "We had musicians, singers, both gay and straight. We had one of our dancers, she is eight, and she danced beautifully. We had drag performers. So it was not a drag event. It was an art event," DeShazo told FOX 13.

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said there have been at least 124 incidents nationwide aimed at disparaging the LGBTQ community.

  5. by Donna on December 6, 2022 1:31 pm

    Proud Boys ‘came to fight’ at North Carolina drag brunch

    Lindsey Knapp, an attorney and an army veteran who is the executive director of Combat Sexual Assault, which helps service members and veterans who have experienced retaliation for reporting assaults, had hosted drag brunch events at Hugger Mugger in the past without any issues. In June 2022, the event was so well-received that they added a second show. Both shows were sold out. There was pushback, with two or three protestors outside of the venue. Knapp says these protestors were peaceful, simply handing out Bible literature for about 30 minutes before leaving.

    “The event on Oct 30th was chaotic,” said Knapp. “The Proud Boys were very hostile and openly harassing patrons as they entered and exited the brewery. They were calling them groomers and pedophiles and trying to intimidate everyone. The Proud Boys came to fight, wore masks, and flack vests.”

    The Proud Boys were so hostile that Knapp says they ended up calling the Sanford Police Department and several uniformed officers stayed for the event.

    One man flashed what appeared to be a ‘white power’ hand sign at the camera. The hand signal was seen in several photographs.

    “Join your local Proud Boys. Be a man among men,” a small flyer read.

    Inside was another story, though.

    Knapp called the atmosphere “joyful” and said people were happy to be in a safe space to express themselves. The performers were dressed like Elsa, Beetlejuice and Bette Midler’s character from Hocus Pocus, while lip-syncing to fun songs with the crowd.

    “What I want our LGBTQ community to know is that they are loved and supported. We have gotten quite a bit of “love notes” after this event, and many have donated to our Resource Center to show support. I am very proud of our LGBTQ community. They are loved and supported by so many. And we will not back down in our support for them. We will continue to advocate for them and ensure that they can live their lives freely with love and dignity,” said Knapp.

    She described the Proud Boys and other groups, some of them with religious signs and some of them in Confederate t-shirts, as “ridiculous.”

  6. by Curt_Anderson on December 8, 2022 10:46 am
    I just heard this on the news this morning. Oregonians just passed a very stringent gun control law. I would not be surprised if there was a connection. I am further, guessing that some right wing website out there is providing detailed instructions on how to damage a power substation.

    The electrical grid has been physically attacked at least four times in Oregon and western Washington since late November, causing growing alarm for law enforcement as well as utilities responsible for parts of the region’s critical infrastructure.

    According to information obtained by Oregon Public Broadcasting and KUOW Public Radio, at least two of the incidents bear similarities to the attacks on substations in North Carolina on Saturday that left thousands of people without electricity for days.

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