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Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:51 AM

Good explainer on all the Kraken bullshit: BBC News

The Kraken: What is it and why has Trump's ex-lawyer released it?
By Reality Check team and BBC Monitoring
BBC News

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-55090145

Excerpts:
The Kraken is a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies. It's also become an internet meme representing a sprawling, unsubstantiated set of claims that purport to outline the case for widespread fraud in the US presidential election.

Pro-Trump groups including QAnon conspiracy theorists have amplified the idea under the hashtag #ReleaseTheKraken, and it's being widely shared by those supporting the legal campaign to challenge the election results.

Lawyer Sidney Powell - who was until recently part of Donald Trump's legal team and is now acting independently - has described the case she was mounting as a "Kraken" that, when released, would destroy the case for Democrat Joe Biden having won the US presidency.

However, once the documents, almost 200 pages of them, were released, it became clear they consisted predominantly of conspiracy theories and unfounded allegations that have already been widely debunked. Some of these claims have already been rejected in court cases, while others - such as accusations that voting machines are part of a plot originating under former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez - are not backed up with any credible evidence. Ms Powell did not respond to a BBC request for comment.



The Kraken is a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies. (Getty Images)

Actual reality:




Non-stop ReThuglican bullshit lately can keep one's head spinning and it's a relief to find good summary articles that debunk some of the conspiracy crap constantly flying around us.

KY..............


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 12:21 PM

1. "Release the kraken" has become a meme/phrase meaning "unleash unstoppable destruction".

Originally from the movie Clash of the Titans - essentially it signifies the equivalent of opening Pandora's Box to the mutually assured destruction of everyone on the field - like an end-boss. But essentially the "kraken" in this case stayed in its cage going "Uh, not sure exactly what I'm supposed to be doing here..."

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 12:55 PM

3. "mutually assured destruction" always brings thoughts of nuclear war.

Thanks for that history. I was not familiar with all the cultural roots of the Kraken.

Sounded like a colloquial construction worker term for structural steel failure to me.....

KY........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 12:40 PM

2. Sidney Powell's Kraken turns out to be as mythical and non-existant as the original.


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Response to mackdaddy (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:20 PM

5. Relative to their effects on our culture and economy, the GOP is the Kraken.

Their greedy, destructive tentacles run deep within anything to do with money, control and greed.

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I found this article on Wikipedia interesting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

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The kraken (/ˈkrɑːkən/) is a legendary sea monster of gigantic size and cephalopod-like appearance in Scandinavian folklore. According to the Norse sagas, the kraken dwells off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes nearby sailors. Authors over the years have postulated that the legend may have originated from sightings of giant squids that may grow to 1315 meters (4050 feet) in length. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works. The kraken has been the focus of many sailors passing the North Atlantic and especially sailors from the Nordic countries. Throughout the centuries, the kraken has been a staple of sailors' superstitions and mythos, being closely linked to sailors' ability to tell tall tales.


KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:25 PM

4. Release the Krackpots

Krazy Klueless Klowns

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:25 PM

6. KR for Reality Check Team.. I love it!

TY KY!

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