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Posted by Xaniel777 on August 14, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : August 15, 2012

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Richard Gilbert Takes On Romney’s Felony Crime Of Foreign Contributions

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 {XANIEL’S NOTE : You really need to hear the whole video to truly appreciate it ! }~~~Xaniel777

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Getting Prepared Month 11: Stock Up on Disposables & Build a Neighborhood Contact List

 

From Activist Post

Gaye Levy, Contributor
Activist Post – August 14, 2012

In North America, we are enjoying the final months of summer.

This is a time for family activities, picnics, BBQs with friends and perhaps a weekend camping trip.

There is also the usual rash of summer chores: mowing the lawn, washing the car, weeding the garden and the more mundane tasks of laundry and housecleaning.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be enjoying the fun in the sun than serious prepping this month.

For that reason, this month we are going to do things that are a natural outtake from our summer activities.

That said, we are not going to slough off and disregard the tasks at hand as frivolous.

For even though they seem rather menial, they are as important and as necessary as the prepping tasks in each of the previous months – and in some ways even more.

And for those of you that are just joining us? Last September, I laid out a calendar of preparedness tasks entitled 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time.

Each month since then, I have outlined a reasonable and doable number of tasks to accomplish during the monthly period with the intent of gradually building up to a point of self-reliance in the event of a major disaster or crisis.

Even though we are now at month 11, you can still use this month as a starting point or, if you prefer, you can go back to the beginning and start with the first month in the series Getting Prepared Month 1: Supplies, Gear and Tasks to Get You Started.

Whatever you decide, I hope you will follow along and do what you can be prepared.

Are you ready to get started?

Let’s go to work on getting prepared in month #11.

SUPPLIES & GEAR:

  • Package of paper plates

  • Package of napkins

  • Package of eating utensils

  • Package of paper cups

  • Garbage bags and ties for disposal of used items

As much as I hate to use disposables, there is a strong likelihood that water for cleaning will become quite precious following a disaster.

Even if you normally shun paper goods, it is prudent – in fact necessary – to put aside a supply of paper plates, napkins, cups an plastic eating utensils for emergency purposes.

And what better time to do so than during the summer months when these items are likely to be on sale?

You are also going to want to purchase a supply of garbage bags so that you have someplace to store the garbage and the used and dirtied items until things get back to normal.

Personally, I prefer tall, kitchen type bags but others may prefer the large, garbage can sized bags.

Whatever you decide, be sure to take the time now to look around your home and property and to identify a location where you can store excess garbage if normal collection methods are shut down for awhile.

These are the basics.

And although we have covered these items in the past, double check that you do indeed have a manual can opener, a sharp, all purpose knife and some paper towels as well.

But there is more.

For extra credit, think about what you would need if you had to cook outdoors.

Perhaps a rocket stove or grill that burns wood or biomass?

How about some waterproof matches or a zippo lighter?

We will get in to these in greater detail down the road, but if you have the budget, think about these things now, and perhaps add them to your month 11 purchases.

Shall we move on to tasks?

MONTH 11 TASKS:

Exchange work, home and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses with neighbors for use during an emergency

Neighbors helping neighbors is an important part emergency and disaster preparedness.

This is not to say that you are going to have to provide for your neighbors – after all, they need to provide for their own basics such a food, water and first aid supplies.

On the other hand, when something bad happens – you will want to get in touch with your neighbors and of course, you would want them to get in touch with you as well.

Think about this: You are at work and you receive a news alert indicating that there is a fire in what appears to be your neighborhood.

Who do you call?

Is it your house?

Is it the house next door?

What about your pets?

Are they safe?

Although this is a simplistic (yet still dreadful) example, having neighbors that are able to contact you directly or that can pass your contact information on to first responders will go a long way toward keeping panic and fear at bay.

Your only task this month is to contact your neighbors so that you can exchange emergency contact information for use in an emergency.

Telephone numbers, cell phone numbers and email addresses should be gathered and stored in a safe place in both printed and electronic format on a hard disk, smart phone (if you have one) or flash drive.

Now I know that these days, with OPSEC and all, the idea of neighbors helping neighbors is becoming unpopular.

I challenge you, though, this month, to look at this from the standpoint of YOU being the one in need.

Wouldn’t you want someone to contact you?

The Final Word

Although the purchases and tasks this month seem like no-brainers, they are critical to putting together a complete preparedness plan for you and your loved ones.

Disasters can and do happen to ordinary folks.

They happen to anyone and everyone, rich or poor, young or old.

The best we can do is take steps now to prepared for the unexpected.

Remember: You are responsible for your own preparedness.

No one else will do it for you.

Read other articles by Gaye Levy here.

In case you missed any of the articles in this series :

Month 1: Supplies, Gear and Tasks to Get You Started

Month 2: First Aid, Personal Hygiene and Home Safety

Month 3: Special Foods, Fire Drills and Home Safety

Month 4: Prescription Medicine, Cash, and Things to Keep Us Warm

Month 5: Sanitation Supplies and Establishing a Community of Like-Minded Folks

Month 6: Fitness, Energy Bars and Face Masks

Month 7: Gear, Tools, and Skills to Save Lives

Month 8: Adding Supplies, Tasks, and an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Vehicle

Month 9: Duct Tape and Drills

Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

You can support this information by voting for it on Reddit HERE

Gaye Levy, the SurvivalWoman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area.

After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries.

She has now abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State.

She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable, self-reliant and stylish lifestyle through emergency preparation and disaster planning through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com.

SurvivalWoman speaks her mind and delivers her message with optimism and grace, regardless of mayhem swirling around us.  Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! 

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Letter From Satan: Dear Brother Corzine

 

From The Daily Bail

August 14, 2012

Dear Brother Corzine:

Here’s an early Christmas present even though I find that holiday so loathsome, as you know.  It’s a federal court of appeals decision that came out last week.

I trust you’ll find it as comforting as I do.

http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=9044222163921408620&hl=en&as_sdt=2,34

Excerpt:

“Instead of maintaining customer assets in segregated accounts as required by law, Sentinel had pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in customer assets to secure an overnight loan at the Bank of New York, now Bank of New York Mellon.

This left the bank in a secured position on Sentinel’s $312 million loan but its customers out millions.

After filing for bankruptcy, Sentinel’s liquidation trustee brought a variety of claims against the bank to dislodge its secured position.

After extensive proceedings, including more than two weeks of trial over the course of more than a month, the district court rejected the claims.

This appeal raises concerns about Sentinel’s business practices and the degree to which the bank knew about them, but based on the district court’s factual findings, we affirm.”

Yours in Untrammeled Malevolence,

Satan

 

UPDATE – Satan Clarifies His Letter

To be clear about my minions’ fine work in punishing innocent account holders by rewarding evildoers with the contents of those accounts: the court freely acknowledges, in the 1st sentence of the opinion, that Sentinel’s transfer of those accounts–to the Honorable Jon Corzine’s colleagues at Bank of New York Mellon (“Bank”)–was illegal.

Clinging to the notion that the rule of law has any place in my Kingdom of Evil, the account holders tried to prove they were entitled to their own money, even after it was stolen, under a theory of “equitable subordination,” under which Bank’s claim to the purloined funds would have been subordinated to those naive account holders.

Too succeed under the dead letter of law, the account holders had to prove that the Bank acted inequitably, that is, with conduct that was egregious.

As a humorous demonstration of my raw dark power, I dispatched to court several officials of the Bank–all pathological liars–whose own email correspondence demonstrates to a certainty that they knew that the $300 million transferred could not possibly have belonged to Sentinel, but must instead have belonged to the fools banking there.

Predictably, the Bank officials perjured themselves repeatedly at trial.

It is on the following basis that I will appoint all three appellate court panel members to an Executive Suite in Hell.

 What follows is a perversion of justice so remarkably devious that I’m inclined to strike the judicial triumvirate dead this instant so that we may enjoy cocktails together before dining on slaughtered puppies this evening:

“Instead of finding that their testimony justified a finding of egregious bank behavior, the district court essentially found that the bank officials were such artless liars that they couldn’t have been concealing deliberate wrongdoing.  

Instead, the bank officials were simply trying to cover up their own incompetence.”

 

Keep on Rocking in the Free World, HAHAHA….

 

The Devil Himself

 

P.S. – This court ruling is not good news for those who want to see you in prison…

Corzine congressional testimony:

Dec. 08 2011 – In testimony to congress, former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine apologized but said he did not know what happened to the missing customer funds.

Editor’s Note – It’s $1.6 trillion, not $1.2 trillion.

And Corzine is lying.  Read the following links.

 ALSO SEE THIS RELATED VIDEO :

COURTS GIVE WALL STREET LICENSE TO STEAL – “Ann Barnhardt – A Matter of Record”

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 Ex-CIA Analyst Tells Us The Real Reason Israel Wants To Strike Iran Before The US Election

 

From BUSINESS INSIDER

         MILITARY & DEFENSE

August 14, 2012 –  by Michael Kelley

Ehud barak

For months senior Israeli officials have said the “window of opportunity” for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities is before the U.S. presidential election in November because Iran’s nuclear facilities will soon be in fortified underground bunkers out of the reach of Israeli bombs. 

But former CIA analyst Ray McGovern believes that delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities is not the primary concern of a military strike, but simply the pretext.

“The Israelis want to pretend the Iranians are building up their nuclear capabilities, want to zap them between now and November 6, and the chances are at least even that they will try to do that thinking the U.S. will come in with both feet,” McGovern told us.

McGovern thinks that “Israel does not fear a nuclear weapon in Iran’s hands” because Israel already has a nuclear arsenal and the threat of Iran having a couple of nukes “would not be all that credible except in a limited, deterrent way.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak

That deterrent would be important, however, because “since 1967 the Israelis have been able to pretty much do whatever they want in that area” and a nuclear Iran would bring a different strategic situation because, for the first time, Israel would have to look over their shoulder.”

So even though Israel’s leaders don’t truly fear imminent nuclear annihilation, McGovern says they “would like to end any possibility, however remote, that anytime soon Iran could have that kind of very minimal deterrent capability.”

McGovern believes that Israel’s primary goal is to have Iran bloodied the same way we did to Iraq so that Iran “would no longer be able to support Hamas and Hezbollah in Gaza, Lebanon, and elsewhere.”

And the reason Nov. 6 is an important date, McGovern wrote in a recent article, is that “a second-term Obama would feel much freer not to commit U.S. forces on Israel’s side” and “might use U.S. leverage to force Israeli concessions on thorny issues relating to Palestine.”

There is serious doubt that Israel could handle a full-fledged war with Iran, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that he would prefer the U.S. and its superior firepower lead any attack

A potential loss of leverage after Nov. 6 would explain the current drumbeat of war being played by Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

BI contributor ForexCrunch points out that Netanyahu was recently granted greater powers within the government, a text message system is being tested in case of retaliation to an attack, the Bank of Israel is preparing the financial system for an Israeli strike in Iran, France is preparing to evacuate its citizens from Israel, and the Israeli media have published a flurry of articles suggesting a military strike is imminent

“Netanyahu feels, with good reason, that he’s got Obama in a corner for these next three months,” McGovern said. “If he’s right about Obama jumping in with both feet—and I think Obama would do that—even though Israeli generals are advising that it could be a disaster, [then] Netanyahu is willing to try it.”

For its part the Obama administration has been doing everything it can—short of saying that it would not back an Israeli strike—to delay an attack. Beyond offering firepower in exchange for waiting until after the election, U.S. officials informed Israel that staunch American ally Saudi Arabia vowed to take down any Israeli jet flying in its airspace.

And five senior officials—including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta—have visited Israel this month to insist there is still time for diplomacy, in the form of talks and heavy sanctions, to prevent a physical attack.

But, as McGovern notes, it may not be up to the U.S. at this point.

“We are at war with Iran right now—not only the cyber attacks, but the special forces inside Iran and the assassination of the Iranian scientists,” McGovern said. “The only question is whether that will extend to an attempt to destroy their nuclear-development facilities, and that’s up to Israel.”

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  FBI raiding homes of Occupy activists

 

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From HANG THE BANKERS

by Jacque Fresco – August 14, 2012

FBI raid wall street protestors

A US newspaper has revealed that the FBI has been raiding the houses of anti-Wall Street protesters in Oregon and Washington in what the agency describes an “ongoing violent crime investigation.”

The Oregonian newspaper reported that heavily-armed domestic terrorism units of the FBI have been raiding the homes of activists in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon over the last month.

The report said that at least six homes have been raided in the two states since July 10.

The FBI has described the raids as part of an ongoing violent crime investigation, linked to last year’s Occupy May Day protests, during which a number of minor acts of vandalism allegedly took place.

In one of the raids, eyewitnesses reported as many as 80 agents in body armor, wearing military fatigues, and armed with assault rifles participated in the raid.

“I just heard lots of pounding at 6 o’clock, and I got up and I saw the whole thing,” said one of the eyewitnesses, adding, “I saw them screaming to get in. They were using the battering ram, and then finally the door just opened.”

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele told the newspaper, “The warrants are sealed… and I anticipate they will remain sealed.”

The paper said the agents were searching for “anti-government or anarchist literature or material” and “documentation and communications related to the offenses, including but not limited to notes, diagrams, letters, diary and journal entries, address books, and other documentation in written or electronic form.”

The Occupy Wall Street movement began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17, 2011 to protest against corruption, the unjust distribution of wealth in the country, and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.

Wall street protesters vs bankers

Source: PressTV

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Disinformation: How It Works

 

From Information Clearing House

By Brandon Smith – August 13, 2012  

— There was a time, not too long ago (relatively speaking), that governments and the groups of elites that controlled them did not find it necessary to conscript themselves into wars of disinformation.

Propaganda was relatively straightforward.

The lies were much simpler.

The control of information flow was easily directed.

Rules were enforced with the threat of property confiscation and execution for anyone who strayed from the rigid socio-political structure.

Those who had theological, metaphysical or scientific information outside of the conventional and scripted collective world view were tortured and slaughtered.

The elites kept the information to themselves, and removed its remnants from mainstream recognition, sometimes for centuries before it was rediscovered.

With the advent of anti-feudalism, and most importantly the success of the American Revolution, elitists were no longer able to dominate information with the edge of a blade or the barrel of a gun.

The establishment of Republics, with their philosophy of open government and rule by the people, compelled Aristocratic minorities to plot more subtle ways of obstructing the truth and thus maintaining their hold over the world without exposing themselves to retribution from the masses.

Thus, the complex art of disinformation was born.

The technique, the “magic” of the lie, was refined and perfected.

The mechanics of the human mind and the human soul became an endless obsession for the establishment.

The goal was malicious, but socially radical; instead of expending the impossible energy needed to dictate the very form and existence of the truth, they would allow it to drift, obscured in a fog of contrived data.

They would wrap the truth in a Gordian Knot of misdirection and fabrication so elaborate that they felt certain the majority of people would surrender, giving up long before they ever finished unraveling the deceit.

The goal was not to destroy the truth, but to hide it in plain sight.

In modern times, and with carefully engineered methods, this goal has for the most part been accomplished.

However, these methods also have inherent weaknesses.

Lies are fragile.

They require constant attentiveness to keep them alive.

The exposure of a single truth can rip through an ocean of lies, evaporating it instantly.

In this article, we will examine the methods used to fertilize and promote the growth of disinformation, as well as how to identify the roots of disinformation and effectively cut them, starving out the entire system of fallacies once and for all.

Media Disinformation Methods

The mainstream media, once tasked with the job of investigating government corruption and keeping elitists in line, has now become nothing more than a public relations firm for corrupt officials and their Globalist handlers.

The days of the legitimate “investigative reporter” are long gone (if they ever existed at all), and journalism itself has deteriorated into a rancid pool of so called “TV Editorialists” who treat their own baseless opinions as supported fact.

The elitist co-opting of news has been going on in one form or another since the invention of the printing press.

However, the first methods of media disinformation truly came to fruition under the supervision of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who believed the truth was “subjective” and open to his personal interpretation.

Some of the main tactics used by the mainstream media to mislead the masses are as follows:

Lie Big, Retract Quietly: Mainstream media sources (especially newspapers) are notorious for reporting flagrantly dishonest and unsupported news stories on the front page, then quietly retracting those stories on the very back page when they are caught. In this case, the point is to railroad the lie into the collective consciousness.

Once the lie is finally exposed, it is already too late, and a large portion of the population will not notice or care when the truth comes out.

Unconfirmed Or Controlled Sources As Fact: Cable news venues often cite information from “unnamed” sources, government sources that have an obvious bias or agenda, or “expert” sources without providing an alternative “expert” view.

The information provided by these sources is usually backed by nothing more than blind faith.

Calculated Omission: Otherwise known as “cherry picking” data. One simple piece of information or root item of truth can derail an entire disinfo news story, so instead of trying to gloss over it, they simply pretend as if it doesn’t exist.

When the fact is omitted, the lie can appear entirely rational.

This tactic is also used extensively when disinformation agents and crooked journalists engage in open debate.

Distraction, And The Manufacture Of Relevance: Sometimes the truth wells up into the public awareness regardless of what the media does to bury it.

When this occurs their only recourse is to attempt to change the public’s focus and thereby distract them from the truth they were so close to grasping.

The media accomplishes this by “over-reporting” on a subject that has nothing to do with the more important issues at hand.

Ironically, the media can take an unimportant story, and by reporting on it ad nauseum, cause many Americans to assume that because the media won’t shut-up about it, it must be important!

Dishonest Debate Tactics: Sometimes, men who actually are concerned with the average American’s pursuit of honesty and legitimate fact-driven information break through and appear on T.V.

However, rarely are they allowed to share their views or insights without having to fight through a wall of carefully crafted deceit and propaganda.

Because the media know they will lose credibility if they do not allow guests with opposing viewpoints every once in a while, they set up and choreograph specialized T.V. debates in highly restrictive environments which put the guest on the defensive, and make it difficult for them to clearly convey their ideas or facts.

TV pundits are often trained in what are commonly called “Alinsky Tactics.”

Saul Alinsky was a moral relativist, and champion of the lie as a tool for the “greater good”; essentially, a modern day Machiavelli.

His “Rules for Radicals” were supposedly meant for grassroots activists who opposed the establishment and emphasized the use of any means necessary to defeat one’s political opposition.

But is it truly possible to defeat an establishment built on lies, by use of even more elaborate lies, and by sacrificing one’s ethics?

In reality, his strategies are the perfect format for corrupt institutions and governments to dissuade dissent from the masses.

Today, Alinsky’s rules are used more often by the establishment than by its opposition.

Alinsky’s Strategy: Win At Any Cost, Even If You Have To Lie

Alinsky’s tactics have been adopted by governments and disinformation specialists across the world, but they are most visible in TV debate.

While Alinsky sermonized about the need for confrontation in society, his debate tactics are actually designed to circumvent real and honest confrontation of opposing ideas with slippery tricks and diversions.

Alinsky’s tactics, and their modern usage, can be summarized as follows:

1) Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.

We see this tactic in many forms.

For example, projecting your own movement as mainstream, and your opponent’s as fringe.

Convincing your opponent that his fight is a futile one.

Your opposition may act differently, or even hesitate to act at all, based on their perception of your power.

How often have we heard this line: “The government has predator drones.There is nothing the people can do now…”  

This is a projection of exaggerated invincibility designed to elicit apathy from the masses.

2) Never go outside the experience of your people, and whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.

Don’t get drawn into a debate about a subject you do not know as well as or better than your opposition.

If possible, draw them into such a situation instead. Go off on tangents.

Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty in your opposition.

This is commonly used against unwitting interviewees on cable news shows whose positions are set up to be skewered.

The target is blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.

In television and radio, this also serves to waste broadcast time to prevent the target from expressing his own position.

3) Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

The objective is to target the opponent’s credibility and reputation by accusations of hypocrisy.

If the tactician can catch his opponent in even the smallest misstep, it creates an opening for further attacks, and distracts away from the broader moral question.

4) Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

“Ron Paul is a crackpot.”

“Gold bugs are crazy.”

“ Constitutionalists are fringe extremists.”

Baseless ridicule is almost impossible to counter because it is meant to be irrational.

It infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

It also works as a pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

5) A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

The popularization of the term “Teabaggers” is a classic example; it caught on by itself because people seem to think it’s clever, and enjoy saying it.

Keeping your talking points simple and fun helps your side stay motivated, and helps your tactics spread autonomously, without instruction or encouragement.

6) A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

See rule No. 5. Don’t become old news.

If you keep your tactics fresh, it’s easier to keep your people active.

Not all disinformation agents are paid. The “useful idiots” have to be motivated by other means.

Mainstream disinformation often changes gear from one method to the next and then back again.

7) Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance.

As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

Never give the target a chance to rest, regroup, recover or re-strategize.

Take advantage of current events and twist their implications to support your position.

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

8) The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself

This goes hand in hand with Rule No. 1.

Perception is reality.

Allow your opposition to expend all of its energy in expectation of an insurmountable scenario.

The dire possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.

9) The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

The objective of this pressure is to force the opposition to react and make the mistakes that are necessary for the ultimate success of the campaign.

10) If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

As grassroots activism tools, Alinsky tactics have historically been used (for example, by labor movements or covert operations specialists) to force the opposition to react with violence against activists, which leads to popular sympathy for the activists’ cause.

Today, false (or co-opted) grassroots movements and revolutions use this technique in debate as well as in planned street actions and rebellions (look at Syria for a recent example).

11) The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.

Today, this is often used offensively against legitimate activists, such as the opponents of the Federal Reserve.

Complain that your opponent is merely “pointing out the problems.”

Demand that they offer not just “a solution”, but THE solution.

Obviously, no one person has “the” solution.

When he fails to produce the miracle you requested, dismiss his entire argument and all the facts he has presented as pointless.

12) Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.

Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.

The target’s supporters will expose themselves. Go after individual people, not organizations or institutions.

People hurt faster than institutions.

The next time you view an MSM debate, watch the pundits carefully, you will likely see many if not all of the strategies above used on some unsuspecting individual attempting to tell the truth.

Internet Disinformation Methods

Internet trolls, also known as “paid posters” or “paid bloggers,” are increasingly and openly being employed by private corporations as well governments, often for marketing purposes and for “public relations” (Obama is notorious for this practice).

Internet “trolling” is indeed a fast growing industry.

Trolls use a wide variety of strategies, some of which are unique to the internet, here are just a few:

1. Make outrageous comments designed to distract or frustrate: An Alinsky tactic used to make people emotional, although less effective because of the impersonal nature of the Web.

2. Pose as a supporter of the truth, then make comments that discredit the movement: We have seen this even on our own forums — trolls pose as supporters of the Liberty Movement, then post long, incoherent diatribes so as to appear either racist or insane.

The key to this tactic is to make references to common Liberty Movement arguments while at the same time babbling nonsense, so as to make those otherwise valid arguments seem ludicrous by association.

In extreme cases, these “Trojan Horse Trolls” have been known to make posts which incite violence — a technique obviously intended to solidify the false assertions of the think tank propagandists like the SPLC, which purports that Constitutionalists should be feared as potential domestic terrorists.

3. Dominate Discussions: Trolls often interject themselves into productive Web discussions in order to throw them off course and frustrate the people involved.

4. Prewritten Responses: Many trolls are supplied with a list or database with pre-planned talking points designed as generalized and deceptive responses to honest arguments.

When they post, their words feel strangely plastic and well rehearsed.

5. False Association: This works hand in hand with item No. 2, by invoking the stereotypes established by the “Trojan Horse Troll.”

For example: calling those against the Federal Reserve “conspiracy theorists” or “lunatics”; deliberately associating anti-globalist movements with racists and homegrown terrorists, because of the inherent negative connotations; and using false associations to provoke biases and dissuade people from examining the evidence objectively.

6. False Moderation: Pretending to be the “voice of reason” in an argument with obvious and defined sides in an attempt to move people away from what is clearly true into a “grey area” where the truth becomes “relative.”

7. Straw Man Arguments: A very common technique.

The troll will accuse his opposition of subscribing to a certain point of view, even if he does not, and then attacks that point of view.

Or, the troll will put words in the mouth of his opposition, and then rebut those specific words.

Sometimes, these strategies are used by average people with serious personality issues.

However, if you see someone using these tactics often, or using many of them at the same time, you may be dealing with a paid internet troll.

Stopping Disinformation

The best way to disarm disinformation agents is to know their methods inside and out.

This gives us the ability to point out exactly what they are doing in detail the moment they try to do it.

Immediately exposing a disinformation tactic as it is being used is highly destructive to the person utilizing it.

It makes them look foolish, dishonest and weak for even making the attempt.

Internet trolls most especially do not know how to handle their methods being deconstructed right in front of their eyes and usually fold and run from debate when it occurs.

The truth is precious.

It is sad that there are so many in our society who have lost respect for it; people who have traded in their conscience and their soul for temporary financial comfort while sacrificing the stability and balance of the rest of the country in the process.

The human psyche breathes on the air of truth.

Without it, humanity cannot survive.

Without it, the species will collapse, starving from lack of intellectual and emotional sustenance.

Disinformation does not only threaten our insight into the workings of our world; it makes us vulnerable to fear, misunderstanding, and doubt: all things that lead to destruction.

It can drive good people to commit terrible atrocities against others, or even against themselves.

Without a concerted and organized effort to defuse mass-produced lies, the future will look bleak indeed.

You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com

This article was originally published at Alt-Market

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