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Hold On To Your Thoughts

February 11, 2014

Thus far, probably my biggest purpose in creating this blog has been to compile information for those seeking to understand the world we live in, which I feel has been unjustly obscured.

I have already addressed this topic through my blog, but I want to write about it again because if I had to single out any particular thing for people to be aware of in our modern day this would be it. In particular, what I am referring to are certain institutions that have been created purposely to obscure the truth and manipulate the perceptions of the greater population. In particular these are the civilian field of Public Relations and the military practice of Psychological Warfare. These are things which influence the perception of the average person greatly. They are not the only ways that our perceptions are managed. If you have been following my blog a little you may have realized that this perception management takes place in nearly all aspects of our life, to give another example, through selective presentation of material in the educational process.

Unfortunately I am not an expert in any of these fields, in fact I am still very young and it was not many years ago that I came across all of these issues and I am still coming to grips with the extent of it personally. While I wish I could give everyone an expert description immediately, unfortunately at this point the most I can do is point you in the direction of the information I am also coming across. I have tried my hardest to present only the information from what I feel are reliable resources, though the most I sift through this information the more I realize that it is planted with deliberate disinformation, for what I am realizing are obvious reasons. Some reasons are simply to mislead people, so that if they present the information to others it can easily be proven false, or appear as utterly insane and unfounded and so can be dismissed. Another reason is to get people running in circles looking into information that will merely waste their time, to keep them busy and away from learning about what is really going on.

You can easily make a search for yourself of these terms, Public Relations and Psychological Operations or Psychological Warfare.

Here are the wikipedia links for both

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_relations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_warfare

Here are a list of tactics in Psychological Warfare found on this site: http://publicintelligence.net/restricted-u-s-army-psyops-manual/

•    Glittering generalities. These are intense, emotionally appealing words so closely associated with highly valued concepts and beliefs that the appeals are convincing without being supported
by fact or reason. The appeals are directed toward such emotions as love of country and home, and desire for peace, freedom, glory, and honor.
•    Transference. This technique projects positive or negative qualities of a person, entity, object, or value to another. It is generally used to transfer blame from one party in a conflict to another.
•    Least of evils. This technique acknowledges that the COA (Course of Action) being taken is perhaps undesirable, but emphasizes that any other COA would result in a worse outcome.
•    Name-calling. Name-calling seeks to arouse prejudices in an audience by labeling the object of the propaganda as something the TA (Target Audience) fears, loathes, or finds undesirable.
•    Plain folks or common man. This approach attempts to convince the audience that the position noted in the PSYOP argument is actually the same as that of the TA. This technique is designed to win the confidence of the audience by communicating in the usual manner and style of the audience. Communicators use ordinary or common language, mannerisms, and clothes in face-to-face and other audiovisual communications when they attempt to identify their point of view with that of the average person.
•    Testimonials. Testimonials are quotations (in and out of context) that are cited to support or reject a given policy, action, program, or personality. The reputation or the role of the individual giving the statement is exploited. There can be different types of testimonial authority. Official testimonials use endorsements or the approval of people in authority or well known in a particular field. Personal sources of testimonials may include hostile leaders, fellow soldiers, opposing leaders, famous scholars, writers, popular heroes, and other personalities.
•    Insinuation. Insinuation is used to create or increase TA suspicions of ideas, groups, or individuals as a means of dividing the adversary. The PSYOP Soldier hints, suggests, and implies, but lets the TA draw its own conclusions.
•    Presenting the other side. Some people in a TA believe that neither of the belligerents is entirely virtuous. To them, messages that express concepts solely in terms of right and wrong may not be credible. Agreement with minor aspects of the enemy’s point of view may overcome this cynicism.
•    Simplification. In this technique, facts are reduced to either right, wrong, good, or evil. The technique provides simple solutions for complex problems and offers simplified interpretations of events, ideas, concepts, or personalities.
•    Compare and contrast. Two or more ideas, issues, or choices are compared and differences between them are explained. This technique is effective if the TA has a needs conflict that must be resolved.
•    Compare for similarities. Two or more ideas, issues, or objects are compared to try and liken one to the other. This technique tries to show that the desired behavior or attitude (SPO)(Supporting Psychological Operations) is
similar to one that has already been accepted by the TA.
•    Illustrations and narratives. An illustration is a detailed example of the idea that is being presented. It is an example that makes abstract or general ideas easier to comprehend. If it is in a story form, it is a narrative.
•    Specific instances. These are a list of examples that help prove the point.
•    Statistics. Statistics have a certain authority, but they must be clear enough to show the TA why they are relevant. In most cases, it is best to keep the statistical evidence simple and short so the TA can easily absorb it.
•    Explanations. These are used when a term or idea is unfamiliar to the TA.

I already mentioned this before, but the creator of Public Relations was Edward Bernays, his wikipedia is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays

Among other pioneering books in the Public Relations field he wrote a book called Propaganda, the opening paragraph is as follows:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

There is a BBC documentary about Bernays and related topics available here

https://archive.org/details/TheCenturyOfTheSelf

It has recently come out that the Psychological Warfare department is manipulating public opinion through Social Media, among other sources. Here are news articles about this:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/social-network-psyop/

This is something I have been suspicious of before, mostly because I have noticed that when writing on most comment sections of news papers, forums, etc. there is an enormous barrage of negative comments, as well as strange comments that support opinions that seem like the average person would not really hold. These articles confirm my suspicions.

Here is another article that addresses psychological operations by a journalist who has recently died in a strange accident. His family have been quoted saying that he seemed nervous and expressed concern  that the government was spying on him for articles he was writing:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223

I hope the reason that this topic in particular is so important to me is obvious. The fact that we are living in a time where our minds are deliberately played with and we are being lied to daily by the government which *should* be in favor of our interests, but are not, is very disheartening to me. I have addressed it in an earlier post, but I will restate that not only does our education systems in the west hide much of this information, but the academic work that is done in school, for example in psychology and sociology, is used by the government to perfect control mechanisms used on its own citizens as well as for international tactics.

It is particularly scary if you put this in light of other new breakthroughs in science. In particular I recommend you to research what the singularity is. There are many breakthroughs happening in mapping the brain and creating nanotechnology and brain chips and implants. You can read about these here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseackerman/2013/07/19/how-smart-dust-could-be-used-to-monitor-human-thought/

http://www.kurzweilai.net/neural-dust-brain-implants-could-revolutionize-brain-machine-interfaces-and-large-scale-data-recording

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/513011/why-obamas-brain-mapping-project-matters/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/obama-to-unveil-initiative-to-map-the-human-brain.html?_r=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

There is a documentary about it here:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/human-v2-0/

The reason this idea of the singularity concerns me is because I know that the elite do not hold “the masses” in high regard. If these technologies for improving human intelligence do arrive you can believe that they will be available first and foremost to the rich, and most likely any such technologies available to the public will have built in control mechanisms.

I hope these resources will help others to get a better idea of what is happening in our world and perhaps inspire you to research more about this on your own. I have provided some resources through this blog to begin this process. I plan to bring out a book list for those who are interested. Again I will try as much as possible to include only reliable resources, though that “reliability” is very difficult to find in total, and it seems to me that even the best books often possess blind spots on certain topics.

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One Comment
  1. Sue permalink

    Good post. Seems like most humans lead lives of quiet desperation or in fear that whatever they have built up will be taken away. Not many think their government is helping them but just there to impose laws and collect taxes which they generally squander or use to enact rules that support the wealthy or their friends which are usually one and the same;

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