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About the Death of Twitter User @ActualFlatticus AKA “Alan Smithee”

(If all posts are satirical and/or in the nature of parody and nothing posted should ever be believed, then that would also include the bio.)

Even though I disagree with some of Alan Smithee’s Tweets regarding a few not-so-small issues, and despite Smithee seemingly having had about one or two character flaws, I feel like I should begin by saying that referring to Smithee as a mere Twitter user feels kinda weird, since they really did do some great work on there.
Then again, as corny as it may sound, this goes to show that anyone with access to the internet can affect change.

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Looks like Smithee was a he:

https://archive.fo/MkqOa
https://archive.fo/BTOHe

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And I did question it. So much so that quite a few people would probably think that it is a good idea lock to me in a mental hospital and melt the key down:

Did Smithee really die?

If so, is the establishment responsible for his death?

Was the “sister” in reality the killer?

Was Smithee even a single, real person?

According to a quite overwhelming amount of evidence, he was a real person — his real name was Christopher Chopin.

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Thanks to the Wayback Machine, we know that Smithee’s law practice website, www.cchopin.com, has been up for at least 14 years:

Wayback Machine

He even had a family law blog:

Florida Family Law Blawg

And over the years, Smithee’s real identity was revealed a few times.

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There’s also this:

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Now, just because Alan Smithee’s real name was Christopher Chopin doesn’t mean that there are no suspicious details surrounding his death — there are.

1. Around a day before his death, Twitter user @RogerRiga, who now calls themself “Lawyer Killer,” tweeted a real picture of Smithee, which was then replied to by @adafitni with a GIF that states “1–800–235-Dead.”

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Does this prove that one or both of them had something to do with his death?
Of course not, but still, it is weird.

2. When I woke up the day after I had already prepared most of this story, Smithee’s Tweets were now protected — even though his sister tweeted that “he loved talking to [us] all” and that we should “remember him well.”

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On top of that, I got blocked too.

Yeah, when I saw that I was now blocked, I was a little freaked out, but then I found out that I wasn’t the only one who got blocked.

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@ActualFlatticus’ Tweets are now protected, the profile is no longer following people, and tons of followers were blocked — only seven are left.

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Apparently, his family is not only full of highly successful lawyers but also quite conservative, which could very well explain why he used the pseudonym “Alan Smithee,” which is often used by film directors who don’t want their project to be associated with their name.

He may have thought that his family wouldn’t approve of his views, or maybe they knew about them and outright forbade him to use his real name in order to prevent the family name from being associated with them.
But maybe, Smithee was the one who didn’t want to be associated with his family.

Since his family also buried his legacy, it will be quite difficult and often impossible to defend him from claims like “he picked on [Jill Stein’s] idealism, saying she “declared war” on Saudi Arabia as his reference to her quite reasonable call for an embargo on arms sales to KSA.” (The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest source of funds for Sunni terrorist groups).

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Since Smithee’s family did not disclose his cause of death or any details aside from the date and approximate time of death, I do understand the people who don’t wanna dismiss the possibility that his family had something to do with it.
I mean, when you combine the day and the time of his death with his apparent temperament, it is quite easy to come up with all kinds of colorful stories.
Also, keep in mind that there are multiple lawyers in his family; if one of them was somehow responsible for or connected to his death, they probably wouldn’t wanna talk about it without a lawyer present, especially if they don’t have to.

Sure, his family is under no legal obligation to disclose his cause of death to his followers, but I think if they don’t want them to speculate about their possible involvement, they may want to disclose it, especially because of the “meaningful difference [we] made in his life.”

3. When I learned about Smithee’s death, my first thought, aside from “WTF,” was that I should check whether there’s evidence suggesting that the establishment was responsible for it.

Of course, killing a well-known person bears risks, but aside from the fact that he used Twitter anonymously, he wasn’t well-known among non-progressives, especially if they weren’t on Twitter. Basically, he “only” had little more than eleven thousand Twitter followers.
This also wouldn’t be the first time that someone who was exposing corruption in politics died under suspicious circumstances.

If you’re not already wearing your tinfoil hat, I suggest you put it on now.

Around 30 hours before Smithee’s final Tweet, he tweeted this:

https://archive.fo/Zp3B6

The thing is: Smithee didn’t just expose obvious establishment politicians, he also exposed supposed anti-establishment progressives like Our Revolution President and former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, whom both Smithee and I actually used to support:

https://archive.fo/cH2HI
https://archive.fo/m8EOE / The next House of Representatives elections will be held in 2018.

But yeah, towards the end of 2016, Smithee’s and my opinion about Turner changed a lot:

https://archive.fo/bNRuE

If you’re wondering why Smithee called Turner out for supporting Ellison:

https://medium.com/media/3e82c6f5d8940d917e953ab2c89d0de0/href

Ellison didn’t even speak up when he and the other participants in the DNC Chair debate were asked whether they believed that “the DNC did unfairly put its thumb on the scale during the 2016 primary.”

Turner’s decision to back Ellison was not only reason why Smithee and I changed our minds about her (apparently, I didn’t archive the following two Tweets, but I was still able to “semi-embed” them, and I also took screenshots of my browser’s history):

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If you don’t know what a dark money group is:

501(c) Groups / Political Nonprofits

These are nonprofit, tax-exempt groups organized under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. These groups can engage in varying amounts of political activity. And because they are not technically political organizations, they are not required to disclose their donors to the public. These groups, like super PACs, cannot coordinate with political parties or candidates and therefore are allowed to raise unlimited sums of money from individuals, organizations and corporations.

One of the biggest problems with nondisclosure is that citizens who are barraged with political messages may not be able to consider the credibility and possible motives of the wealthy corporate or individual funders behind those messages.

Dark Money Basics

The dark money group Smithee tweeted about is Our Revolution, and yeah, unfortunately, the group is doing its classification and not the people justice:

https://medium.com/media/b24b49d500fe6e481ed13ed27740c065/href

To be clear, on its website, Our Revolution states:

“Because of our commitment to transparency, donors who have given $250 or more in a single year are disclosed voluntarily. In addition, annual contributions from a single source are limited to $5,000 unless approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.”

But yeah, it is still very much a dark money group:

https://archive.fo/FkSlw

And so is MPACT, which Turner is a founding advisor of:

https://archive.fo/oR4nl

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Apparently, here’s how Jane Sanders reacted when Smithee tweeted her that Turner is associated with two dark money groups:

https://archive.fo/vyTLD
https://archive.fo/tqolU
https://archive.fo/lrmgU

Turner even used to support Hillary Clinton:

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https://archive.fo/Fs0Bi
https://archive.fo/ODSAk / A possibly incomplete list of progressive media heroes who have since called Turner out on at least some of her bullshit: Debbie Lusignan, Claudia Stauber, Zach Haller, Jared Beck
https://archive.fo/OWBEG / (The Tweet is missing the thumbnail of this article.)
https://archive.fo/OWBEG / Our Revolution’s independent expenditures: https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte=C90017005&cycle=2016 / The incomplete list of Our Revolution’s donors: https://ourrevolution.com/donors/

Am I sure that Alan Smithee was killed because he was interrupting the establishment’s good cop/bad cop play?
No, I actually doubt it.
But still, imagine if Smithee would’ve gotten his way and the people realized that the playbook is riddled with plot holes — the establishment would be fucked.

Are Elizabeth Warren, Nina Turner, and Tulsi Gabbard Controlled Opposition?

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a small archive of Smithee’s Tweets, a playlist consisting of some of the music he curated over the years, and the story “6/14/17, 2:13 PM":

Alan Smithee (@actualflatticus)

https://medium.com/media/423f40c61495e8105aacd815cae0af31/href

6/14/17, 2:13 PM

#RIPAlanSmithee




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