|Nora Reed Heineman-Fleck|
Nora Reed Fleck|
March 28th, 1988
Los Angeles County, CA
1515 Aliso DR NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
"The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offence, isn't it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill - he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offence and will revel in his resentment until he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness."—Dostoyevsky
Nora Reed is a prolific Twitter poster hallmarked by her bizarre, often contradictory behavior and her abusive e-begging campaigns.
She first arose to prominence in identity politics circles and became notable for hijacking the "Social Coroner" Twitter account of Social Autopsy, immediately giving the controversial account an even worse reputation as Nora used it as a platform to continue her Twitter vendettas. Despite having been active in Social Justice circles, Nora is hallmarked by a terrible aggression towards certain other members of said circle, including Randi Lee Harper and Shanley Kane, having made the argument that several such users have led attacks against her. By and large, the accusations have no basis in reality whatsoever, but Nora claims them nonetheless.
Nora is unemployed and instead begs people for money to support her creation of numerous Mad Libs-style Twitter bots (made using CheapBotsDoneQuick), which she considers to be her 'job.' She's also known for the bizarre practice of trying to shake down critics of her for money, attempting to charge $65 for people to respond to tweets, using a referral page that openly insults the user. Unemployed for years, Nora is completely dependent on other people, and is enabled by her father, John Fleck, who thus far has encouraged her bad behavior, as well as by her current boyfriend (who is referred to almost exclusively as "lovefriend" by Nora).
To date, the only people who have ever donated to Nora via PayPal have been individuals pledging tiny amounts (1-2 cents) in an act of sarcasm. To further prove why Nora is a toxic mess that should be avoided and not interacted with at all, Nora has openly threatened about having the dox of those who donated to troll her.
Nora has been compared, on numerous occasions, both on and off the Kiwi Farms, to Vade. Both are the heads of relatively small cliques that they attempt to use to give themselves as big a platform as humanly possible, both were active in Social Justice, and both are avid self-diagnosers that claim to be non-binary in gender, and claims to be both gay and trans, despite being provably heterosexual with no intention of transitioning and a sexual attraction to males by her own admission, and indeed, identifying alternately as gay and biologically female in 2015. All of these are done to lower her privilege rating and hopefully make her seem more oppressed. Additionally, both Nora and Vade reacted to the presence of the Kiwi Farms laughing and pointing at them with considerable fanfare, ergo ensuring people would continue to watch Nora's flailings.
However, whereas Vade came to head up a major cult of personality on Tumblr and indeed, was the subject of considerable fear, Nora is largely considered a subject of outright mockery. Her attempts to foster her own cult of personality in the same fashion as her famous Tumblr-using forebear have invariably made her more isolated, and her ongoing conflict with the Kiwi Farms ensured that any power base she otherwise would have garnered ended with hilarious flair.
By far her most well-known trait, however, is a pattern of behavior she exhibits in which she attempts to provoke individuals with larger follower-counts than her, claims she is being attacked by them, and then subsequently attempting to use her "harassment" to bilk sympathy and money from her followers, as she is being oppressed. This pattern of behavior was carried out so many times and with such regularity that ie came to be known as The Nora Cycle.
The Nora Cycle
First observed in April of 2016, The Nora Cycle is a pattern of behavior that Nora Reed has shown in which she will go out of her way to antagonize someone (traditionally, someone with far more followers and who is far more successful than she is), accost them until she provokes a response (usually little more than dispassionate mockery), and then, when she is mocked by her target's followers, she proceeds to claim she is the subject of a hate campaign from the person she originally antagonized in the first place. Her primary claims during these outbursts will be claiming she has been misgendered by the target (when Nora herself has changed her listed gender on Twitter alone 3 times in the past 2 years), claiming to be subjected to "hate campaigns" from the target (invariably actually the target's followers mocking Nora of their own volition with no impetus from the target), and attempting to solicit donations, often repeatedly deactivating and reactivating her Twitter to milk sympathy from her followers, who, not understanding that Nora is essentially emotionally abusing them for her own benefit, allow themselves to be fleeced.
The following are individuals who have been subjected to the Nora Cycle, what Nora accused them of, and what happened in the aftermath:
- Randi Harper
- If there is a better example of Nora's obsessive nature when it comes to the Nora Cycle, it has yet to be seen. Randi Harper continues to feature in Nora's Twitter feed, often being subtweeted repeatedly while Nora continues to bemoan that Harper led "attacks" on her and had death threats thrown her way. In truth, Nora was the aggressor - Harper was formerly friendly with Nora, and indeed, had enjoyed some of Nora's anti-GamerGate content. In February 2016, Nora turned against Randi - viciously - when the software engineer had the audacity to defend Jesse Singal (see below). Nora's festering obsession with Harper persisted over the months and when Nora hijacked Candace Owens' "Social Coroner" Twitter account in April 2016, Nora used it to attack both Singal and Harper. In a rare case of GamerGate neutrality, Randi Harper posted on the GamerGate-friendly subreddit KotakuInAction to stop their speculation that Singal had taken over Owens' account. Harper told KIA it wasn't her or Singal, and that she wasn't going to explicitly name Nora, but said that the one responsible was known for going on "long unstable diatribes," calling Harper a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF), and yelling about Jesse Singal. Nora Reed was soon exposed as the culprit and has harbored a serious grudge ever since, blaming Harper for many of her personal problems and attempting to incite her followers to harass Harper by constantly attacking Harper on various social media. Nora continues to accuse Harper of being complicit in her "harassment" and goes into a frothing rage about Harper almost daily, despite Harper having blocked Nora months ago and Harper's general refusal to have anything to do with Nora.
- Markus "Notch" Persson
- The creator of Minecraft, Notch was attacked by Nora repeatedly in June 2016 after Mark Boyd (one of Nora's Twitter followers) tried to troll Notch by screaming about "girl dick." At first Notch thought Nora was a legitimately concerned person at first, but quickly saw her for what she truly is - an "obvious arsonist" troll - and blocked Nora. In spite of this, Nora attempted to run with the claim that Notch had "sic'd" his ever-so-misogynistic and transphobic followers on her, how they were "misgendering" her, and so on. Nora was sure to intersperse her attempts at milking sympathy with bizarre and seemingly incoherent attempts to extort donations, lending a bit of surreality to the event.
- Cathy Brennan
- Cathy Brennan is a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF), meaning she does not believe that transwomen count as women for the purposes of rights advocacy, as they were formerly men. Cathy Brennan has been absolutely despised by many in the trans community for holding these views, and she has come under attack for it on multiple occasions. Nora Reed is just one example of these attackers, and Nora has geared at least one of her bots to retweet "Fake Goth" jokes in an attempt to anger Cathy Brennan - because Cathy herself calls Transwomen "fake women," the response by both legitimate LGBT activists and the Tumblr Trans crowd has been to joke about Cathy being a self-described "Goth" in her Twitter profile, joking that she's a "Fake Goth." People have spammed this in such numbers that it's led to multiple accounts being shut down for harassment on Facebook. Even Nora was forced to delete several of her own posts on the matter, and in May 2016 her account was suspended for three days when she reposted harassment of Brennan which Facebook had already deleted. Nora continues to claim that she was attacked by Brennan on Twitter, and blames Brennan's "fellow TERFs" for attacks against her. The obsession runs so deep that Nora even dreams about Brennan.
- Jesse Singal
- Jesse Singal is a New York Magazine writer who was attacked by Social Justice advocates on Twitter because he covered a doctor who was fired for insisting upon the medical diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria being essential for labeling someone trans, which currently is the accepted process by the medical establishment. This worldview does not coincide with nounself pronoun-spouting fakers seeking to add to their litany of oppression. In response to Singal's column, Nora and her associates threw everything they had at damaging his career and indeed, trying to get him fired, including sending altered screencaps of his Twitter feed to his employer. Nora herself hoped Singal would get fired and replaced with a transgender person. After Singal tried to defend himself, Nora accused him of attacking her by pointing out she was doing exactly what she complained about GamerGate doing, launching into multiple assaults on Singal's character. This led Randi Harper to defend him from the dogpiles he was getting (a relatively common-sense position, considering), and ultimately, led to Randi likewise being subjected to the Nora Cycle (see above).
- Shanley Kane
- Shanley Kane is the CEO of Model View Culture and an avid writer on feminism. Nora was a fan and follower of hers until late 2015, when Shanley had the audacity to state that transwomen, by definition, were not subject to misogyny. Nora immediately went nuclear over this, repeatedly attacking the context of what Shanley wrote in a long-winded series of attacks that led to Nora's associates attacking Shanley Kane and accusing her of being a transphobe and TERF for weeks on end, despite Shanley herself having previously been an advocate for transpeople. In standard fashion, Nora was the aggressor against Shanely and now Nora claims to have been harassed by Shanley's supporters. Nora's attacks led to Shanley ultimately turning on Social Justice entirely, pointing out how its current state is leading to net losses for feminism as a whole. As a result of Nora's feud with Shanley, Nora requested an anti-anxiety prescription from her doctor and went on Xanax. She switched medication in early 2016 due to the Xanax exacerbating her depression and she had an allergic reaction to the new drug, mirtazapine, in late February. She livetweeted from the ER during this episode, and has switched to a new anti-anxiety med which she has yet to disclose the name of. All over a disagreement on wording use.
- The Mayor of Albuquerque, Marty Chavez
- In 2008, Nora began a campaign of terror against the Mayor of Albuquerque on Facebook. After successfully "friending" him on the platform, Nora proceed to spam him with terrible jokes and pranks like sending the Mayor a Pokémon. She carried this out for almost 7 months before the Mayor finally unfriended and blocked her entirely.
- The Kiwi Farms
- The Kiwi Farms making fun of Nora in a spot she could neither shame nor do anything about led her to react much the same way Vade had done. She has gone on to blame the Kiwi Farms for much of the self-described "harassment" she receives.
- KotakuInAction and TumblrInAction
- As a GamerGate opponent, Nora's opposition to this subreddit should surprise one nil, but it is in fact their discussions with Randi Harper that triggered Nora into considering the GamerGate-supporting subreddit a part of the massive conspiracy to harass her off the internet. As covered in the Randi Harper section, Harper came to KotakuInAction to discuss the hijacking of the Social Coroner Twitter account, and deny any involvement therein. Nora neither forgives nor forgets, and continues to blame them for her harassment every time they cover her. Similarly, TumblrInAction, KIA's sister subreddit, has also gotten blamed for repeated attacks against Nora, these "attacks" being laughing at such a defective person from the comfort of a subreddit.
- An individual covered by the Kiwi Farms as part of Laurelai Bailey's inner circle, and the 7th most-hated person on Reddit, RobotAnna was a friend and associate of Nora for years - but when Nora savaged Shanley, Anna turned on Nora and Nora was highly displeased. Despite not having anything to do with Reed since her initial assault against Shanley, Nora Reed continues to attack RobotAnna and blame her for harassment she is receiving, and whilst RobotAnna is certainly no saint, Nora's behavior clearly shows who is the aggressor in this scenario.
- Will Shetterly
- This entry may surprise several, as Will Shetterly is an acclaimed writer, and the man who wrote "Dogland." Nora started going after him during her Meta Filter days, when back in 2013, he was critical of Social Justice. This immediately led Nora to launch into a series of attacks, the breadth of which have persisted for almost three years. This led Shetterly to point to Nora Reed as a perfect example of what he was talking about, as Nora Reed is just one more Identity Politics-spouting sociopath perfectly happy to harm others for whatever she dubs appropriate. Nora, not quite pleased with the fact that she resembles that remark, has proceeded to keep Shetterly in her hate-list ever since.
- Gabriel Azevado
- A hard-left Stalinist and former victim of Nora's who was nearly driven to suicide multiple times over her harassment campaigns. Whilst Azevado is both emotionally unstable and has all the hallmarks of a lolcow (to the point where a thread on him on the Kiwi Farms has been created,), it is hard not to at least have some sympathy for this individual given Nora's capability for harassment campaigns. Nora continues to portray him as the aggressor, as is the case in virtually all of the Nora Cycle incidents.
- MetaFilter Community
- MetaFilter is a community weblog site - a sort of hybridization of Livejournal and Tumblr. In 2008, Nora began a membership on it and over the years began to develop a reputation for being toxic. As Nora began to embrace Social Justice more and more, she became increasingly hostile towards the community and increasingly unhinged, often behaving extremely aggressive towards other users not only on MetaFilter itself but also on Twitter and reddit's /r/metafilter. Nora's behavior eventually made her a pariah and Nora's account was shut down in 2015 after Nora threw a tantrum after her attack post against the MetaFilter community's "boyzone" was rejected - a post she spent days writing. Nora claims that she "deleted" her account and left the site over an email she got from the head moderator, Cortex, after she complained about her "boyzone" post not being approved. However, others have said that Nora was in fact banned from the site due to her long history of abusive behavior. (Whatever the case may be, Nora is reportedly blacklisted from MetaFilter and will be banned if she ever tries to return with a new account.) Nora blames someone named "Misha" for "attacking" her and claims she was "driven off" the site because of Misha. In truth, Misha's only offense was criticizing the call-out culture that Nora had become so fond of, pointing out that people were using her tactics to silence voices they didn't approve of. Nora raged at this and repeatedly led attacks against Misha, leading to Misha writing a now-sadly-deleted article of how Nora was not a feminist. A user of MetaFilter since 2007, Misha closed her account and left the site in January, 2015 after she believed that Nora or another MetaFilter user had doxed her and sent Mormons to her house, a 'prank' Misha had seen mentioned days before in a thread there. As with all of Nora's targets, Nora continued to harass Misha on Twitter and blamed Misha for things that happened in Nora's life. Nora also had it out for Cortex, MetaFilter's head moderator, and blamed him for the way Nora was treated by the community.
- Jill Stein
- Jill Stein is the 2016 US Presidential Candidate for the Green Party, a political party based on ideals of environmentalism and progressive views. Nora Reed began ranting about Stein after the candidate came out in support of the #Brexit, a movement which won a referendum deciding that The United Kingdom (Great Britain) should leave the European Union. This was due to the fact that many of those who opposed leaving the EU decided to push a narrative in which only racists or xenophobes would support the Brexit referendum. Meaning that Nora believes Jill Stein to be bigoted or ignorant.
- Nintendo/Nintendo of America
- Nintendo is a Japanese video game company known for it's long history of popular gaming consoles and franchises. One example of their most famous work is the franchise Super Mario. Nintendo has an American subsidiary called Nintendo of America, of which Alison Rapp was formerly employed with. According to Nora Reed and friends, Rapp was not fired due to moonlighting as an escort (a second job that is explicitly forbidden in NoA's employee contract), but instead was victimized further by Nintendo who had given in to the GamerGate hate mob. On top of this, there was a joke revealed in the newest Paper Mario game, Color Splash regarding an incident known as "Shufflegate" in which a character comments, lamenting if this would "ruin [someone's] career". This statement, in tandem with an unrelated clip also played in the trailer was used to claim that Nintendo turned GamerGate critic Zoe Quinn's experiences into a joke. It was later clarified that the two clips had nothing to do with each other, and that Shufflegate was a reference to the 1970s political scandal known as "Watergate".  However, insteand of relenting, Nora chose to double down on the false accusations.
- Sue-Anne Levy
- Sue-Anne Levy is an investigative journalist who wrote a piece criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement for their actions at a Pride Parade in Toronto, Canada. After this tweet, many supporters of the BLM group (Nora Reed included) began flooding her twitter with insults and attacks.
Early Internet Presence
Nora's first online presence dates back to around 2000, when she was active on both DSE and Fanfiction.Net - a pair of fan-fiction communities. She chronicled meeting several of her early online friends here in her Livejournal, and though she has a twinge of self-pity, it is nothing like what she would become. Like many young people who were politically active, she was vehemently against the Iraq war in 2003, and lamented the spectacle of the war's televised state.
During this time, Nora has a relatively strong grasp on reality, something easily accredited towards her parents setting strict guidelines for when she can use the internet. Nora railed against these restrictions, often complaining at length about the time she was allowed to be online. She appears to have been having sex chats with an internet associate, known as "Emmy," at this time.
On April of 2005, she attempted to get even with a school principal by sending them a link to the infamous "tubgirl" shock site.
"I'll never get out of this. Never get out of myself. Never get out of this life path that I have set up- this straight line that sends me virtually nowhere. To what I want but not what I need. Or something like that.
I have no desire to do schoolwork anymore because it all seems so worthless. I almost don't want to leave my house because it all seems so worthless, it's like I've found oasises that I can jump between but walking away from them burns my bare feet. I need the callouses to form but that doesn't make that less painful.
I don't know what's wrong with me that I'm getting like this for no reason... I usually have a reason, even if it's a stupid one. I just feel bad, and it's not because I haven't eaten either, because I have.Hopefully this'll pass in a couple of days."—Nora Reed
On November 29th, 2009, Nora Reed had what may be the only case of self-reflection she has ever known, and posted on it on her LiveJournal. This bitter documentation, one of the only ones in which Nora acknowledges her own failings, is a chilling view into the more human side of Nora - a woman who would ultimately become the individual the greater internet knows now. Most people, confronted with such self-reflection, would endeavor to improve.
Nora, sadly, would not.
In 2008, Nora would finally emerge in the form more familiar to those who have seen "modern" Nora. Showing up first on MetaFilter, and later on Facebook, Nora had been galvanized into activism and was not shy about being extremely aggressive over it. She had bought into the Social Justice canards lock, stock, and barrel, and was not shy about using talking points that are, in essence, what she makes now, including blaming toxic masculinity for ruining things, and taking Social Justice-based pot-shots at her political opponents. By 2010, the worst aspects of Nora had manifested themselves, and Nora commenced her first assault based on this. Nora was quick to embrace call-out culture, in the same fashion Vade had done before her, and soon was noted for aggressively arguing that men were scum, cis people were evil, and that non-Social Justice types weren't worth the time or effort to educate. Her behavior would soon become so egregious that she would wind up reviled on the site, her repeated Social Justice advocacy resulting in a campaign of bad behavior that ultimately saw her leave the site in disgrace. Key to this was an individual named Misha, who would become one of the first people subjected to the Nora Cycle.
This incident would ultimately paint the way for the Nora we would all come to know in the months to follow.
- First archive of the hijacked socialcoroner Twitter account
- Final archive of the hijacked socialcoroner Twitter account
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora accuses Randi Harper of "going after" her
- Barrl.net - "I use Cheap Bots Done Quick and the Tracery visual editor for mine"
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora complaining that she has to use Twitter for her 'job' of making Twitter bots
- Barrl.net - lol nope (Nora's E-Begging Page)
- John Fleck's Twttier - "My 26-yr-old daughter @norareed harmed by everyday misogyny exemplified by spacedude shirt."
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora listing a name and saying she now has his address
- Nora Reed's Twitter - "As a cis woman..."
- Nora Reed's Twitter - One example of Nora raging that people "misgendered" her by using female pronouns
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora blames Randi Harper for the fallout from Nora hijacking the Social Autopsy account
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora claiming Randi Harper "sic'd" hate groups on her
- Twitter - Nora's dad was excited about "geekstar" Harper tweeting about Nora's anti-Gamergate blog
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora accuses Randi Harper and Brianna Wu of throwing "trans folks under the bus"
- Twitter - Nora calling Harper a TERF using the hijacked account
- reddit - Harper's comment on KotakuInAction
- Harper's Twitter - Randi Harper throws up her hands in disgust after almost a month of daily harassment from Nora
- Harper's Twitter - Randi Harper commenting about email harassment from one of Nora's followers
- Twitter - Mark "MagicNanners" Boyd's tweet to Notch
- Twitter - Notch calling Nora an "obvious arsonist"
- Twitter - Nora is blocked by Notch
- Twitter - Notch tells off Nora
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora whining about Notch
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora squawks about follower counts and claims she is transgender
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora switches her focus from Randi Harper back to Cathy Brennan
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora gets suspended from Facebook
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora describes her dream about Cathy Brennan
- Science of the US: How the Fight Over Trans Kids Got a Researcher Fired
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora wanting Jesse Singal replaced with a transgender
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Dick Move
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Calling In a Hashtag to Harass
- Shanley's Twitter - Transmisogyny Isn't a Thing
- Model View Culture: When Movements Backfire
- Nora Reed's Twitter - On Xanax
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora mentioning being on mirtazapine
- Drugs.com - Mirtazapine info
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Some of Nora's tweets about going to the ER
- Nora Reed's Inkstain - Sending the Mayor Pokemon
- Nora Reed's Inkstain - The Mayor Blocked Me
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Some of Nora's ranting about Kiwi Farms
- Kiwi Farms - Thomas Riley Peeples7th Most Hated Redditor of All Time
- Nora Reed's Tweets About RobotAnna
- Selection of Nora Reed's Tweets about Will Shetterly
- Social Justice Warriors - Do Not Engage
- Selection of Nora Reed's Tweets about Gabriel Azevado
- MetaFilter thread discussing one of Nora Reed's comments
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora complains about some MetaFilter users
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora's screenshot of someone commenting about her toxic history on MetaFilter
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Mentions of "boyzone"
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora cries that Misha's post was approved but hers was not
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora says she deleted her MetaFilter account
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora's screenshot of a reddit comment describing how abusive and toxic Nora was to the MetaFilter community
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora complaining about MetaFilter's community
- Meta Filter - You Sound Just Like a _______
- MetaFilter - Misha explains why she is leaving
- Selection of Nora Reed's Tweets About Misha
- Nora Reed's Twitter - Nora complaining about Cortex
- Nora Reed's Livejournal - Excuse Me While I Listen to Linkin Park
- Nora Reed's Livejournal - March 23rd, 2003 Repost
- Nora Reed's Livejournal - I'm Now Only Allowed On 8-10
- Nora Reed's Livejournal - Soup is Delicious
- Nora Reed's LiveJournal - HI MS. SINK!!!!!
- Nora's Livejournal - Going Nowhere