Hiding In Plain Sight

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AndySphere Meta Volume 1: Mental Illness (But He’s Feeling MUCH Better NOW)

kumquatwriter:

Andy is nothing if not a prolific writer. I think it is in part deliberate; he obfuscates his actions by burying them in massive piles of words, which is incredibly daunting to wade through. He regularly contradicts himself and changes his stories, but with the sheer volume of text it is difficult to compare/contrast and establish how his story has mutated over time.

However, it isn’t impossible, and I’m going to take a sampling of documents he’s written and look at what he’s said on certain topics over the years. This isn’t a breakdown of a single post - there are sporkings and analyses of his work elsewhere.

This post - which will be the first in a series, as there’s just that much text to go through -  is going to instead compare excerpted statements from different documents over time. Let’s just call it Meta. These will be kept under the tag Andysphere Meta, so they may be easily tracked.

Shall we begin?

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Some more "hiding in plain sight"

delwynmarch:

Andy reblogged that post.

If I may quote a few passages:

"Snape deeply enjoyed being a vile person.”

What Snape felt for Lily was not love; it was possessiveness. He wanted her to be his. He wanted her to leave James for him. He wanted her to pick sides for him. He wanted to hold her close and smother her and never let her go. Snape didn’t love Lily; he loved himself. He was a narcissistic, bitter, emotionally abusive creep who couldn’t deal with the fact that his first crush ended up marrying someone else.”

People are responsible for their own actions.”

IN CONCLUSION

Romanticisting Snape is not only incredibly stupid and short-sighted, it’s dangerous. Putting men like this into fiction and presenting them as “good guys” or morally grey or brave or deserving of sympathy encourages the boys who read these books to behave like Snape, and it encourages the straight girls/gay boys who read these books to accept the existence of these men in real life and to want to date them. Which you don’t ever, ever want to do.

If you ever meet a Snape in real life, run the other way, and don’t give him your sympathy.

tl;dr Having a sad backstory does not automatically make you sympathetic. Doing one good thing does not automatically make you a beacon of bravery and justice. Fuck you, Snivellus.”

Either Andy is the most self-unaware person ever (nope), or he’s openly mocking anyone who gives him any sympathy (yep). I mean, it’s right there in the text: “If you ever meet a Snape in real life, run the other way, and don’t give him your sympathy.

What do you think someone who twice created a cult of personality focused on him, massively abused many people, never properly apologised for it, keeps playing the woobie angle to escape and deny his responsibility in everything bad and wrong he ever did, and is currently spreading lies and horrible stigma about already-maligned mental illnesses in order to be allowed to get into the exact same situations as the ones he used before to abuse people - what do you think that person is, if not a Snape!?

This reminds me of a post about DAYD by Peg Kerr.  I’ll post an extract here:

The other thing I thought about, even as I was reading it, that as much as thanfiction was doing right, it was, by contrast, extremely odd that he got one character entirely wrong: Severus Snape. Practically every other character was developed by carefully extrapolating from canon, but unlike Neville, the visible hero who was adored by everyone, thanfiction chose to make Snape (the lying spy who led a secret double life) out as a total monster, and what’s more, he violated canon to do it. And in doing so, thanfiction ironically obliterated and eliminated Snape’s secret heroism. Rowling made the point that Dumbledore wanted Snape in place as Headmaster so that when Dumbledore died, Snape could protect the children from the Deatheaters that Dumbledore knew Voldemort would put in place at Hogwarts. Remember, Harry and Ron and Hermione thought it extremely odd that when Ginny and Neville and Luna were caught trying to break in to Snape’s office to steal the sword, Snape only assigned the puzzlingly light punishment of sending them out in the Forbidden Forest for one night with Hagrid. But in thanfiction’s re-envisioning of the story, that punishment is not a sinecure at all: Snape’s clearly trying to feed them to the werewolves. And the whole business about how Snape doctored Neville’s potion when he was sick with the dragon pox in an attempt to kill him: that doesn’t fit at ALL with what canon says Snape was trying to do that year: protect the students. Snape eggs on the Deatheaters torturing students, and it is Snape who comes up with the idea of kidnapping Luna from Hogwarts to blackmail her father. Again, this goes totally against one of the key points of the seventh book, that Snape was truly Dumbledore’s man. Once more, could it be unconscious? Perhaps. Perhaps whereas Neville was most like what thanfiction desperately wanted to be, Snape was what he was most like in reality, but he had to reject any semblance of Snape to himself (and deny that Snape had any good traits at all)…just as when thanfiction, cornered by his own lies, has resorted to claiming that Amy Player is NOT HIM AT ALL but, in fact, his evil mentally ill twin. Thus, to obscure that they were one and the same, he didn’t hesitate to slander and denigrate Amy Player himself.

Such an interesting analysis, though I highly doubt it’s unconscious on Andy’s part.  I’d say it’s very conscious.

hazelhaegtesse:

arse-moriendi:

1purp0se:

(x)  Andy posted this recently.  It’s obviously a rebuttal to anyone questioning his claimed diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.  But since he can’t actually engage with those people and their analyses directly—since he doesn’t have paranoid schizophrenia and is lying about it—he writes this airy-fairy, we-are-all-special-snowflakes post instead.  Using his patronising Andy-toneTM for extra persuasiveness.  The truth is, mental illnesses have certain criteria.  If an illness doesn’t fit the criteria, then it isn’t that illness.  It’s not about judging people or telling people they’re not mentally ill or failing to acknowledge that people are complicated.  No one is talking about fabric and holes.  People with actual experience of schizophrenia are saying I know about schizophrenia and Andy does not demonstrate the symptoms of the illness he is claiming to have.  That has nothing to do with extended, confusing metaphors about fabric and holes and trees and whatever.  Andy only needs such metaphors because he has nothing solid to bring to this discussion.  It’s more and more apparent that the one thing he definitely does not seem to have is experience of schizophrenia.
Also he’s still very much harping on an inability to remember dates.  See captain-ameribun's comments on that topic here.
I read about this post first on FFA and someone there has an excellent response.  I’ll link it and c&p it here.  I hope they don’t mind.  Read it in discussion context here.

You can fake being bright, bubbly and extrovert when you have clinical depression, but that doesn’t mean the symptoms vanish or that you won’t be exhausted by the effort of it.Cynical, quiet, introverted pessimist isn’t a mental illness.You can be a sloppy, disorganised, laid-back person who has OCD, but if your obsessive compulsions don’t disrupt your life enough to qualify as a disorder then you don’t have OCD. See ‘Hoarders’ for details.Meticulous, extremely organized, high strung isn’t a mental illness.You can front as an articulate, easily intimate person with a popular vlog, and a customer service job who has social anxiety, but the symptoms are still there and fronting is exhausting; you, unlike Andy, will need downtime.Reclusive, awkward, insecure person who stays home most of the time isn’t a mental illness unless it interferes with your life to a point where it qualifies as a disorder.You can be 300lbs and have anorexia; weight isn’t a part of the diagnosis.You can be 96lbs and be healthy; weight isn’t part of the diagnosis.You can be autistic and love conventions; hating crowds isn’t central to the diagnosis.You can be neurotypical and think they’re overstimulating and confusing, because finding huge crowds of people overstimulating and confusing isn’t a mental illness.But being paranoid, and avoiding people, is an integral part of a severe paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis. I’d raise an eyebrow at anyone who said they had OCD, but their obsessions didn’t negatively impact their behaviour at all.


Why yes, Andy, that IS a list of common cultural misconceptions about mental illness.
Now, as for the list of the ways mental illness can affect people…
…wait, this was supposed to be it?

Very nicely done, but I would like to point out that hoarding is not OCD. Trust me, I know this one (alas). It’s more akin to a personality disorder, and used to fall under the diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (which is, again, not the same thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder). It’s got it’s own listing now in the DSM-V, and in my experience it is something very much akin to a personality disorder, given that it is permanent, does not particularly distress the hoarder (it is egosyntonic, unlike OCD), and generally comes with a profound lack of insight in the hoarder.

Thanks for the extra info!  Reblogging to put the correction on record, so to speak.

hazelhaegtesse:

arse-moriendi:

1purp0se:

(x)  Andy posted this recently.  It’s obviously a rebuttal to anyone questioning his claimed diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.  But since he can’t actually engage with those people and their analyses directly—since he doesn’t have paranoid schizophrenia and is lying about it—he writes this airy-fairy, we-are-all-special-snowflakes post instead.  Using his patronising Andy-toneTM for extra persuasiveness.  The truth is, mental illnesses have certain criteria.  If an illness doesn’t fit the criteria, then it isn’t that illness.  It’s not about judging people or telling people they’re not mentally ill or failing to acknowledge that people are complicated.  No one is talking about fabric and holes.  People with actual experience of schizophrenia are saying I know about schizophrenia and Andy does not demonstrate the symptoms of the illness he is claiming to have.  That has nothing to do with extended, confusing metaphors about fabric and holes and trees and whatever.  Andy only needs such metaphors because he has nothing solid to bring to this discussion.  It’s more and more apparent that the one thing he definitely does not seem to have is experience of schizophrenia.

Also he’s still very much harping on an inability to remember dates.  See captain-ameribun's comments on that topic here.

I read about this post first on FFA and someone there has an excellent response.  I’ll link it and c&p it here.  I hope they don’t mind.  Read it in discussion context here.

You can fake being bright, bubbly and extrovert when you have clinical depression, but that doesn’t mean the symptoms vanish or that you won’t be exhausted by the effort of it.

Cynical, quiet, introverted pessimist isn’t a mental illness.

You can be a sloppy, disorganised, laid-back person who has OCD, but if your obsessive compulsions don’t disrupt your life enough to qualify as a disorder then you don’t have OCD. See ‘Hoarders’ for details.

Meticulous, extremely organized, high strung isn’t a mental illness.

You can front as an articulate, easily intimate person with a popular vlog, and a customer service job who has social anxiety, but the symptoms are still there and fronting is exhausting; you, unlike Andy, will need downtime.

Reclusive, awkward, insecure person who stays home most of the time isn’t a mental illness unless it interferes with your life to a point where it qualifies as a disorder.

You can be 300lbs and have anorexia; weight isn’t a part of the diagnosis.

You can be 96lbs and be healthy; weight isn’t part of the diagnosis.

You can be autistic and love conventions; hating crowds isn’t central to the diagnosis.

You can be neurotypical and think they’re overstimulating and confusing, because finding huge crowds of people overstimulating and confusing isn’t a mental illness.

But being paranoid, and avoiding people, is an integral part of a severe paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis. I’d raise an eyebrow at anyone who said they had OCD, but their obsessions didn’t negatively impact their behaviour at all.

Why yes, Andy, that IS a list of common cultural misconceptions about mental illness.

Now, as for the list of the ways mental illness can affect people…

…wait, this was supposed to be it?

Very nicely done, but I would like to point out that hoarding is not OCD. Trust me, I know this one (alas). It’s more akin to a personality disorder, and used to fall under the diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (which is, again, not the same thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder). It’s got it’s own listing now in the DSM-V, and in my experience it is something very much akin to a personality disorder, given that it is permanent, does not particularly distress the hoarder (it is egosyntonic, unlike OCD), and generally comes with a profound lack of insight in the hoarder.

Thanks for the extra info!  Reblogging to put the correction on record, so to speak.

The Recruiting of Agentsex by Andy Blake

delwynmarch:

One problem I constantly run into when discussing Andy Blake, is that most people don’t understand the sheer SCALE of manipulation we’re actually dealing with. Andy Blake is not just a manipulator; he’s a Master Manipulator.

So, well, since Agentsex so obligingly provided us with a case study, I figured I’d give people a taste of it.

Please note that I’m not saying that my speculations ARE what happened. Of course not: unlike some people, I’ve never claimed to know what other people are thinking.

I’m just giving an idea of what this interview looks like from the point of view of someone who was manipulated by such a Master Manipulator for years. You people don’t have to accept it - but I challenge you to find a better explanation to everything that happens around Andy.

A quick reminder of the setting: Agentsex has offered to interview Andy by phone. She has her computer turned on and available.

Let’s start.

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Such an amazing breakdown of this “interview”.  It hit on so many points that bugged me when I read the transcript.  Reading this was light lightbulbs going on over my head - “Yes, that’s why that didn’t sit right with me!”  And also, “I didn’t even notice that.”  Brilliant, Del.

This breakdown should be a huge warning to anyone—including Agentsex—who even considers interacting with Andy Blake.

If you don't mind answering, why do you think 'channeling' is such a big part of Andy's modus operandi? It seems like there would be other ways to get what he wants out of people.

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kumquatwriter:

I honestly don’t know. I can’t wrap my brain around how he operates because it’s so fucked up. But I can say it has some benefits for him.

* It gives him the ability to claim authority on any topic, regardless of his real background.

* It gives him unlimited tragic backstories to exploit.

* It allows him to play good cop/bad cop, devil’s advocate, and to argue any point from any perspective - which is dizzying when he’s trying to wear you down.

* It creates dramatic emergencies that can interrupt at any time.

* It causes constant disruption, which keeps you from concentrating or organizing your won thoughts.

* It allows him to be incredibly cruel or vicious, then turn around and be the hero and comforter.

* It lets him introduce and become terrifying villains and threats to fight, while simultaneously becoming innocents to save and wounded to heal.

* It gives him a platform to explain away any doubts, because the channeled characters have secret or special knowledge/abilities.

* It creates an extra layer of secrecy, which he exploits with “hiding in plain sight.”

* It allows him to humiliate you with outrageously inappropriate or bizarre behavior in front of people who don’t know, which you are then responsible for dealing with.

* It creates a constant stream of “new friends” to experience things with - sharing events, movies etc with someone who has no experience with it.

* It allows him to have multiple types of relationships with one person - romantic, platonic, parent/child (in both directions!), mentor, student, sibling, friend, enemy.

Actually… After going through all of those, it is pretty clear exactly why he used/uses “channeling”

Tree, House, Person, Holes

delwynmarch:

I see Andy is back to his “let’s drown people in words” tactic.

So let’s see.

andythanfiction:

You can be a bright, bubbly, optimistic extrovert who has clinical depression.

Yes - because not being bright, bubbly, optimistic or an extrovert is not symptomatic of clinical depression. Also, your clinical depression will show up in some other way.

You can be a cynical, quiet, introverted pessimist who doesn’t.

Yes - because being cynical, quiet, introverted, and pessimistic, does not mean having a mental illness.

You can be a sloppy, disorganized, laid back person who has OCD. 

Yes - because not being sloppy, disorganised or laid back is not symptomatic of OCD (though I’m not sure about the laid back part, but whatever). However, your OCD will show in some other way.

You can be a meticulous, extremely organized, high strung person who doesn’t.

Yes - because being meticulous, extremely organised and high strung does not mean having a mental illness.

You can be an articulate, easily intimate person with a popular vlog, and a customer service job who has social anxiety. 

Yes - but your social anxiety will show in other ways.

You can be a reclusive, awkward, insecure person who stays home most of the time and doesn’t.

Yes - because being a reclusive, awkward, insecure person does not mean having a mental illness.

You can be 300lbs and have anorexia.

Yes - because actual weight has nothing to do with anorexia.

You can be 96lbs and be healthy.

Yes - because some random weight number has nothing to do with determining whether one is healthy or not.

You can be autistic and love conventions.

Yes - because being unable to handle any crowd is not part of the diagnosis of autism.

You can be neurotypical and think they’re overstimulating and confusing. 

Yes - because finding crowds overstimulating and confusing is not a sign of mental illness.

I remember books I read when I was 4, verbatim, and keep a ‘verse of 100+ characters in my head.  I can’t tell you without asking someone whether I met my friend Meg in March or May of last year.

Yes - because there are many different types of memories.

I believed for years that I was being hunted by the government, but trusted total strangers easily and happily worked around all kinds of security types (it didn’t hurt that I thought I could read their minds and had precognition).

Nope - because paranoia doesn’t work like that. Good try, hiding this lie among a pile of self-evident truths, but no.

I could rattle off logical fallacies and pick apart an argument for rationality and rhetoric and then tell you, with total sincerity, that I could channel elves and Harry Potter was based on a true story.

Yes - because being delusional doesn’t affect your intellect, only what you think is true.

 Some days, I can stare at a picture of my murdered friend for hours to draw her.  Some days, I’m triggered to a full flashback by a screenshot of the movie Brave because when she smiles.

Yes - because there isn’t just one way to react to trauma, even within one single person.

People are complicated.

No kidding.

 Mental illnesses are not who we are.  They’re the holes cut in the fabric of us, and we are the fabric, not the holes.

No, fuck you. If your fabric has holes, then you ARE a piece of fabric with holes, DUH! My son IS autistic. My ex IS bipolar. My sister IS psychotic. I AM anxious. Is any of us reduced to our mental illness? Of course not! But are these mental illnesses an integral part of who we are? Absolutely. We wouldn’t be the same people without these mental illnesses.

People can have their fabric be shaped like our holes and not be broken,

Fuck you again for even implying that mentally ill people are broken.

not to mention that an entire popular psych test is based around the fact that if you tell people to draw person, house, tree, no two people will draw the same thing.  My tree-shaped hole will not look like your tree-shaped hole, but that’s ok…

Can’t comment, never heard of this test.

and unless you’re me or my doctor or closely involved in my real life, not your problem or business, no matter what the illusory and incomplete intimacy of social media makes you think.  

Fuck you a third time for saying that it’s none of my business when YOU SPREAD HARMFUL LIES ABOUT AN ILLNESS SOMEONE I LOVE ACTUALLY HAS.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not ok because your fabric is shaped like what they think a hole should look like.  

Which is not what we’ve been saying about you. We’ve been saying that your holes are incompatible with the holes which define the mental illnesses you claim to have. If having Mental Illness Tree is defined by having a tree-shaped hole, and you don’t have a tree-shaped hole, then you don’t have Mental Illness Tree, DUH!

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not ill because you are more than your holes.   

I repeat: you don’t have MI Tree if you don’t have a tree-shaped hole. End of story.

If what’s happening in your brain or heart or life is causing problems for you or those around you, get professional help.

What is happening in YOUR life is causing problems to LOADS of people in REAL LIFE - because you keep spreading lies and harmful stereotypes about mental illnesses that these people actually have.

 If it’s not, you’re probably ok, no matter what shape your fabric is or what tree, house, and person look like for you.

Which is not your case, not even by a mile.

Different posts, astonishingly the same conclusion!

(x)  Andy posted this recently.  It’s obviously a rebuttal to anyone questioning his claimed diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.  But since he can’t actually engage with those people and their analyses directly—since he doesn’t have paranoid schizophrenia and is lying about it—he writes this airy-fairy, we-are-all-special-snowflakes post instead.  Using his patronising Andy-toneTM for extra persuasiveness.  The truth is, mental illnesses have certain criteria.  If an illness doesn’t fit the criteria, then it isn’t that illness.  It’s not about judging people or telling people they’re not mentally ill or failing to acknowledge that people are complicated.  No one is talking about fabric and holes.  People with actual experience of schizophrenia are saying I know about schizophrenia and Andy does not demonstrate the symptoms of the illness he is claiming to have.  That has nothing to do with extended, confusing metaphors about fabric and holes and trees and whatever.  Andy only needs such metaphors because he has nothing solid to bring to this discussion.  It’s more and more apparent that the one thing he definitely does not seem to have is experience of schizophrenia.
Also he’s still very much harping on an inability to remember dates.  See captain-ameribun's comments on that topic here.
I read about this post first on FFA and someone there has an excellent response.  I’ll link it and c&p it here.  I hope they don’t mind.  Read it in discussion context here.

You can fake being bright, bubbly and extrovert when you have clinical depression, but that doesn’t mean the symptoms vanish or that you won’t be exhausted by the effort of it.Cynical, quiet, introverted pessimist isn’t a mental illness.You can be a sloppy, disorganised, laid-back person who has OCD, but if your obsessive compulsions don’t disrupt your life enough to qualify as a disorder then you don’t have OCD. See ‘Hoarders’ for details.Meticulous, extremely organized, high strung isn’t a mental illness.You can front as an articulate, easily intimate person with a popular vlog, and a customer service job who has social anxiety, but the symptoms are still there and fronting is exhausting; you, unlike Andy, will need downtime.Reclusive, awkward, insecure person who stays home most of the time isn’t a mental illness unless it interferes with your life to a point where it qualifies as a disorder.You can be 300lbs and have anorexia; weight isn’t a part of the diagnosis.You can be 96lbs and be healthy; weight isn’t part of the diagnosis.You can be autistic and love conventions; hating crowds isn’t central to the diagnosis.You can be neurotypical and think they’re overstimulating and confusing, because finding huge crowds of people overstimulating and confusing isn’t a mental illness.But being paranoid, and avoiding people, is an integral part of a severe paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis. I’d raise an eyebrow at anyone who said they had OCD, but their obsessions didn’t negatively impact their behaviour at all.

(x)  Andy posted this recently.  It’s obviously a rebuttal to anyone questioning his claimed diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.  But since he can’t actually engage with those people and their analyses directly—since he doesn’t have paranoid schizophrenia and is lying about it—he writes this airy-fairy, we-are-all-special-snowflakes post instead.  Using his patronising Andy-toneTM for extra persuasiveness.  The truth is, mental illnesses have certain criteria.  If an illness doesn’t fit the criteria, then it isn’t that illness.  It’s not about judging people or telling people they’re not mentally ill or failing to acknowledge that people are complicated.  No one is talking about fabric and holes.  People with actual experience of schizophrenia are saying I know about schizophrenia and Andy does not demonstrate the symptoms of the illness he is claiming to have.  That has nothing to do with extended, confusing metaphors about fabric and holes and trees and whatever.  Andy only needs such metaphors because he has nothing solid to bring to this discussion.  It’s more and more apparent that the one thing he definitely does not seem to have is experience of schizophrenia.

Also he’s still very much harping on an inability to remember dates.  See captain-ameribun's comments on that topic here.

I read about this post first on FFA and someone there has an excellent response.  I’ll link it and c&p it here.  I hope they don’t mind.  Read it in discussion context here.

You can fake being bright, bubbly and extrovert when you have clinical depression, but that doesn’t mean the symptoms vanish or that you won’t be exhausted by the effort of it.

Cynical, quiet, introverted pessimist isn’t a mental illness.

You can be a sloppy, disorganised, laid-back person who has OCD, but if your obsessive compulsions don’t disrupt your life enough to qualify as a disorder then you don’t have OCD. See ‘Hoarders’ for details.

Meticulous, extremely organized, high strung isn’t a mental illness.

You can front as an articulate, easily intimate person with a popular vlog, and a customer service job who has social anxiety, but the symptoms are still there and fronting is exhausting; you, unlike Andy, will need downtime.

Reclusive, awkward, insecure person who stays home most of the time isn’t a mental illness unless it interferes with your life to a point where it qualifies as a disorder.

You can be 300lbs and have anorexia; weight isn’t a part of the diagnosis.

You can be 96lbs and be healthy; weight isn’t part of the diagnosis.

You can be autistic and love conventions; hating crowds isn’t central to the diagnosis.

You can be neurotypical and think they’re overstimulating and confusing, because finding huge crowds of people overstimulating and confusing isn’t a mental illness.

But being paranoid, and avoiding people, is an integral part of a severe paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis. I’d raise an eyebrow at anyone who said they had OCD, but their obsessions didn’t negatively impact their behaviour at all.

With the plane tickets money-asking thing, I can't help but notice that while the money is for someone else, the event is Andy's birthday. So it's still all about him.

delwynmarch:

Exactly. The event is his birthday, and the reason people must pay for Rhys’ plane ticket is because Andy wants them to, not Rhys. It’s all about Andy being excited to have Rhys fly over. As always, it’s all about Andy and only Andy.

Do you reckon that the whole misremembering the date of when James Doohan died is a deliberate ploy to support his recent claim of not being able to remember dates and details because of his supposed psychosis? Because that's only been a very recent development since he claimed to have been 17 when he met you in person and because half the internet came out in support of you by providing evidence that proved otherwise and he had to come up with some kind of feasible excuse as to why he said that

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kumquatwriter:

that wasn’t “I’ve been caught in a lie”? Because James Doohan’s death is something very easily provable so it shows he’s prone to misremembering all kinds of stuff, whether trivial or important, and the whole I-was-17 thing was a genuine mistake rather than him deliberately trying to smear you?

Its certainly possible.

It’s unquestionably a newer tactic - in fact, he has consistently displayed quite detailed memory for all of his exploits over the years, as evidenced by his numerous “apologies” and “explanations” over the years. Inclusive of several recent posts, like the one where he self-identified as a rapist, or the one where he gave incredibly detailed accounts of how he ran a cult (where he also gave confirmation of nearly all of the things I’ve been saying as I recount the abuse I went through from him).

The “I don’t remember” defense - a very politician-like move - only moved to prominence after he claimed repeatedly and publicly that he became romantically/sexually involved with me when he was 17 (some accounts said 16!) despite the fact that he was 19. Given examples like this, he knows full well what that kind of implication means, despite his later bleating both about memory failure and it being “accidental.”

Soliciting Funds

ilovestarkidtoomuch:

1purp0se:

I’m not around much with all the RL things happening, but delwynmarch is doing a better job with the notorious interview than I could do anyway. Other long posts I want to make are going to have to wait. (Including a breakdown of Andy’s FAQ.)

In the meantime, I’ve seen this. Andy wants to…

But what happens to the person he’s trying to get to DC? Rhys is one of my friends and I’d love for him to be able to go on a trip if he wants to. Is there a way I can help with that without owing Andy anything?

Yes - help him go on a trip elsewhere!

I’m deliberately not talking about Rhys.  What he does is his own choice.  What concerns me is what’s always concerned me: the recurring patterns in Andy’s behaviour that indicate that despite what he claims, he has not changed.

Given that, I really think the best thing you can do for a friend is advise them to stay away from Andy Blake.

Okay people, this is a big deal.

gabrieltricksterarchangel:

a-melancholy-donkey:

andythanfiction:

Archangels are badass.

gabrieltricksterarchangel:

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You see this man with Misha and Richard’s ear and hand? Well he’s bluewhitewings and a great person. We (friends he made at DCCON) want to fly him out here (Washington DC) for our friend andythanfiction's  birthday on July 26, officially to be called RHYSCON. We are going to the Zoo. IF you were there, you get it. I know it's not much time to raise money, but it's worth it to see that smile on his face again as we all get together. I have a pay pal set up and would take any donations. If you're interested any amount will help. The email for sending is ntk321@hotmail.com 

Reminder that thanfiction is Andy Blake, a con artist and serial abuser.

Check 1purp0se, kumquatwriter, and for a general overview this post by fanthropologist.

I just wanted to let you know that this is not a scam. I am the one in charge of this undertaking, I’m not trying to scam anyone. I just want to see the friends I made at DC Con again. Including Andy and Rhys. So please, Andy didn’t start this post, I did… I’m just saying things change and everyone deserves second chances don’t they?

1.  I don’t think people believe this is a scam.  Usually the money Andy solicits seems to be used for what he says.  It’s how he then manipulates and abuses people who feel indebted to him that’s the issue.  Please keep in mind that he has a 10-year history of this behaviour, with asking for money for friends to travel being a standard part of his MO.  And yes, you made the post, but lbr, his original post gave you the initial idea.  Surely you are suspicious of someone with an abusive past who claims to have changed but is still doing the exact same things as he’s always done?  Think carefully about how willing you are to risk facilitating potentially abusive situations and relationships.

2.  Everyone agrees that most people deserve second chances.  Andy had his in DAYD and he abused people and manipulated people there, too.  He’s now on his third.  So that kind of plea is pointless.  Andy had his second chance and he blew it.

I don’t usually reblog posts because I don’t want to be pushy or invasive.  But this is really important.  Please at least think about all of this.  Thank you.

Soliciting Funds

I’m not around much with all the RL things happening, but delwynmarch is doing a better job with the notorious interview than I could do anyway.  Other long posts I want to make are going to have to wait.  (Including a breakdown of Andy’s FAQ.)

In the meantime, I’ve seen this.  Andy wants to raise money to fly Rhys, whom he met at DC Con, to his birthday.  He posted it as a challenge and someone took him up on it, and is now asking for funds (FFA discussion here).  This is so often part of Andy’s MO that alarm bells ring immediately.  He solicited funds for people’s travel for DAYDcon (according to his eulogy, Brittany paid $2000 for other people’s travel), he solicited funds to pay for the Trail of Tears hike, he solicited funds to pay for the paperwork (x) after his fellow hikers got married.  Soliciting funds on behalf of others is what Andy does.  One of the reasons he does it is to put people in his debt, handily without him having to actually provide funds himself.  It’s a free ride to indebtedness for him.  In all of the above cases, he has engaged in abusive, manipulative behaviour and he has lied his ass off.

And now he’s soliciting funds again, by proxy.  A message for the people involved: it is dangerous to get into that kind of relationship with Andy and it is dangerous to enable such a relationship.

Link Collation

Someone over at FFA linked to this collection of links to recent posts, conversations and discussions, and it’s really useful for keeping track: Thanfiction Links.  I’ve got it bookmarked.  Thanks to whoever is maintaining it.

You refer to Abbey as being younger than you are now & being a "kid" when she was with Andy. Her LJ lists her birthdate as Jan 1977. If that's true, and he was 19 like she just said (and I don't doubt it) in Nov/Dec 2002, she was almost 26, not 24.

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kumquatwriter:

kumquatwriter:

agentsex:

Andy was born July 1983, so he was 19 in Dec. 2002. But they met in Dec. 2001 or Jan. 2002, right after Fellowship of the Ring came out. Dec. 2002 was when The Two Towers came out, and they had a line party for the Two Towers. So Andy was 18 and a half when they met online.

If that birthdate is correct, Abbey was 24, about to turn 25, when they met.

I don’t know why you’re bringing it up, but this discussion of ages always makes me question two things: first, how could Andy, at 18 years old, be such a master at brainwashing and cult-building that he could work his magic over the Internet? Because that’s the dominant narrative right now. Andy, at age 18, deliberately brainwashed a woman in 20s via Internet chats and phone calls.

I mean, seriously, where would a teenager even learn how to do that stuff? I also found an account that could be by Andy’s boyfriend at the time that indicates he started severely decompensating at that point (I can’t find the link right now, later). Eighteen is a pretty typical age for developing psychosis. That’s why I believe Andy’s story; it makes more sense.

And the second thing: Read Andy’s Livejournal at the time - scroll down to “Friday, April 19th, 2002.” Abbey was on his friend’s list - she read that entry. This is the sort of thing that he was saying. Why did she believe him? Why did she think anything other, “This person is crazy?” I mean, how convincing do you have to be to convince somebody that you had a spirit battle as a paladin and you can hear the voices of the LotR characters in your head? But, you know, maybe if he actually believed it himself, that would have made it more convincing to others - he didn’t seem like he was lying because he actually thought he was telling the truth. That’s just speculation, though.

You know what? Fuck you. Fuck your abuse apologist bullshit. Fuck your shoddy journalism, your sloppy fact checking and your smarmy fake concern for the victims. I’ve written quite extensively exactly how easy it is to be sucked in by this kind of thing. I’ve been contacted by *hundreds* of people who have been through similar experiences - a handful of them with Andy himself, many many more who were abused and brainwashed into believing in things like elves, vampires, duplicate souls, channeling, astral travel, soulbonding, special destinies and more.

Oh, but you’re just saying that he was eighteen! And THAT is why you are continuing to say such clearly victim blaming, barely disguised contempt for real people who have actually suffered.

As someone already pointed out, there are other, well documented cases of teenagers who have conned adults. Ever heard of a child prodigy? Well, Andy is the Doogie Fucking Howser of manipulation and abuse.

Fuck you, and fuck off.

Oh isn’t that cute, she’s trying to delete all the evidence of what a shitty, shitty person she is being. Too bad reblogs and screencaptures exist.

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Reblogging this because I feel strongly that I want to support Abbey in her objections here.  The victim blaming in Agentsex’s post is unacceptable and I want Abbey and other victims of Andy’s to know they have my support against arguments like this.

As well as that, any idea that Andy detractors are a “mob” or an “insane cult” looking to “recruit” anybody is nonsense.  I myself have been completely ignoring Agentsex (by having her on Ignore, it’s a neat function) because she was aggressively attempting to provoke a response over and over again.  If you behave in that way, it’s not surprising that people will ally in their response to you.  That’s not a mob or a cult.  That’s a fairly normal reaction to aggressive behaviour.

This is pretty much all I want to say about Agentsex.  I’ll be keeping her on Ignore.  I don’t want to deviate further from this blog’s mandate, which is to deconstruct Andy’s posts to demonstrate that he is still the same manipulative cult-builder he’s always been.  I think I have missed some posts I should look at.  I’ll be catching up when I have time.

I'm not the anon who submitted the ask about Andy's care team, but I'm pretty sure one of the tumblr posts they're referencing is this one: /post/74841292926/i-was-at-my-therapist-this-morning-and-we-were (snipping out the first part of Andy's Tumblr URL because Tumblr won't let me submit links in asks.)

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delwynmarch:

1purp0se:

delwynmarch:

Link.

Complete copypasta:

I was at my therapist this morning and we were discussing A Peccatis. He’s read the rest of the ‘verse and we’re going through my outline discussing why I have made each choice, trying to quantify them as pieces of story structure and demystify them/separate them from the hallucinations.  

So he’s had the outline all weekend, and when I came in, he was holding it.

Therapist: (very, very cold) Sit down, Andrew.
Me: Is…everything ok?
Therapist: You’re going to destroy ____, blow up ____, and kill _____. 
Me: Yeah.
Therapist: And you still intend to kill ____.
Me: Yeah.
Therapist: Permanently? 
Me: Permanently. 
Therapist: Let’s go over your coping mechanisms for receiving online bullying, again, because they’re all going to try to kill you.

I… I don’t… Wha??

Look, I have no idea what it’s like when a therapist uses stuff you write as part of the therapy. So if Andy wants to pretend that his therapist bothered to read the whole damn thing, and they spend precious therapy hours discussing it instead of, oh, I don’t know, how to fucking survive in the real world, okay, fine, whatever! Well, no, not fine, more like “I can’t deal with this right now, because I’m too shocked over something else, namely…”

… that last line?

That last line?!

"They’re all going to try to kill you", or anything of the sort?

SAID TO SOMEONE WITH SEVERE PARANOIA!?

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?

No. No way. If this therapist actually exists, then HE SUCKS! BIG TIME!

It would be one thing if he’d asked, “How do you expect your readers to react?”, or “Are you aware this might upset some of your readers?”, and gone from there.

But A THERAPIST OUTRIGHT TELLING A CLIENT WITH SUPPOSED PARANOIA THAT “PEOPLE ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO TRY TO KILL THEM”, EVEN AS A JOKE??

I can’t.

I just can’t.

That scene is a piece of fiction.  It’s got the tense start, the three beats building up a sense of drama and expectation, then the punchline that of course aggrandizes Andy’s work as work that will inspire such emotion in his readers that they will try to kill him.

Plus that punchline reads exactly like Andy-speak.  That’s how he talks, that’s the convoluted way he makes a point.

Total fiction.

See, I wouldn’t even care if it was just a case of ‘fictionalising’ a real event. Andy is a writer and a drama llama. Everything he says comes out in an overly dramatic fashion - which is a problem in itself, but not my main problem with this story.

My problem here is not in the delivery. It’s in the contents.

If those contents are real, then this therapist is unprofessional to ridiculous extremes. If they are not… well, then that’s outright lying.

And those contents cannot be real. I already pointed out that it’s horrifying to read about a therapist telling a severely paranoid patient that people will be out to kill him, but you pointed out another thing which shouldn’t be happening in this context: the tense start. If you have a paranoid and delusional patient coming in, the last thing you want is to scare them or to risk making them think you’re angry at them. On the contrary, you want them as relaxed and trusting as possible, so you can deal with the tough stuff without their paranoia getting in the way. So that tense start you pointed out is pretty much the exact opposite of what should have happened in such a case.

… You know what? I’m getting tired of pointing out how many things Andy claims are the “exact opposite” of what should really be happening =_=

Oh, I’m with you!  I believe you’re entirely correct.  I was just adding to your point by pointing out how the scene is clearly a construct, not a representation of something that really happened, which is what Andy claimed.

We’re just coming at this with our different strengths and reaching the same conclusion, I think.  :)