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Disinformation 4 Dummis

So, with all the “stuff” out there in terms of what we are being told every day, how do we keep ourselves from becoming duped and “doped”? Can we achieve immunity from the vast epidemic of mindlessness that sweeps each year like clockwork through our society?

What do I know, and how do I know it? From what source am I getting my information? How do I recognize a “snowjob”?

If an idea is presented to you as THE explanation for some event or THE solution to some problem, you must say to yourself, “what other solutions are available?”

Try playing with other explanations that will lead to other solutions, such as reversing cause-effect relationships.
SWEEPING GENERALITIES or “ALLNESS” STATEMENTS: When you hear or read statements such as “doctors say” or “experts agree”, the implication is that all doctors say, or all experts agree. Say to yourself, “have you talked to every doctor on the planet or every expert on the planet?” Likewise, when you hear the expression “nobody knows” or “no known cure” or “no evidence for”, talk back to them and say to yourself, “Nobody you know knows”, or “There is no cure you know of”, or “There is no evidence you know about.” Try substituting SOMENESS in place of ALLNESS – “Some doctors agree”, or “Some scientists say”, and you’ll get the true picture.

Be ALERT for words like: all, everybody, no one, no, never, always, entirely, totally, completely and absolutely.
Example of an ALLNESS statement: The Salk vaccine was hailed as the “most dramatic breakthrough of the 20th century”. Here, the unqualified superlatives assume that whoever said this was familiar with all the scientists who ever lived and all the breakthroughs of the 20th century. The statement also assumes that “a purely objective standard of superiority exists”, which it doesn’t. When superlatives are used, they should always be qualified, such as “the greatest breakthrough I’ve ever known”. ALLNESS statements expressed by those who have set themselves as society’s “experts” (with your unwitting support) use ALLNESS statements to “box you in”. Of course, they have to stay in that same box if they want to keep their “job” as a social “expert”.

Ad Verecundiam: This rather trite Latin phrase refers to the fallacy of logic of believing “leading authorities” without any supporting science. Externally, we are speaking of the “mystique” of perceived “authority”. The maintenance of the “authority mystique” depends heavily on:

Limiting access to information
Limiting access to choices that challenge the position of the “authority”

In other words, ISOLATION of the population. ISOLATION is also a component of brainwashing. Because the intellect learns by COMPARISON, when it is presented with only ONE POINT OF VIEW or CONFLICTING DUALITIES as presented in the orthodox media (resulting in chronic indecision), the intellect loses the capacity to discriminate and ultimately ITS CAPACITY FOR FULLY RATIONAL THOUGHT.

We must not forget that there are many orders, degrees, levels, and kinds of realities that correspond to as many kinds of minds that perceive and create those realities. When this fact is forgotten, TUNNEL VISION develops.

Groups in “power” mode pretend “absolute objectivity”, which of course is impossible, and because they are emotionally and “promotionally” involved, develop TUNNEL VISION. When a group in power has a vested interest in sickness and disease, the approaches to the problem (which in many cases has been deliberately created) will be expensive, circuitous and complex . (AIDS,CANCER, GULF WAR SYNDROME, WAR ON DRUGS, GUN CONTROL)

ONE CATEGORY: One of the results of the Elite – Non-elite polarity in society, as well as the growth of global socialism, is the lumping together of everyone in the population and the adoption of “mass treatment” programs that ignore individual sensitivities and characteristics which socially and biologically makes every “human being” unique. Thus, we see “mass vaccination”, “mass fluoridation”, “mass genocide” and other forms of this that manifest themselves as HERD PROCESSING. This type of thought and action carries a tendency to over-simplify solutions, exaggerate benefits, minimize or ignore hazards, discourage or silence the scholarly or thoughtful opposition, create an urgency where none really exists, create mass fear and extend the concept of state police powers far beyond its conceptual limitations.

REASONING BY ANALOGY: Because of the uniqueness of people and events, very often the shared characteristics between events or situations are fewer than the differences between them. When a person decides to make a point by comparing the small number of shared characteristics, it is called “reasoning by analogy”. The problem with this kind of reasoning is that often crucial differences are ignored, leading to faulty analogies and post hoc reasoning in order to support an argument. Example: Epidemics occurred many years ago and were apparently corrected by vaccines, therefore these epidemics will reoccur if no vaccines are used. This is post hoc reasoning assuming a casual relationship between two events.

POLARITIES: To most people, the world is divided into two camps, right/wrong, black/white. There is no alternative. It is also called either/or or two-valued thinking. Two-valued thinking can be very useful for the propagandist because it creates FALSE DILEMMAS. An example of this is when an allopathic physician declares to parents concerned about the inherent danger in vaccines that “the risks of the disease outweigh the risks of the vaccine”. In other words, he is saying “there is only ONE WAY to prevent the disease – vaccine use”, and there are no alternatives.

CARD STACKING: Card stacking is an extension of the two-valued thinking just mentioned. It is the “art” of carefully selecting and presenting ideas and data (that may be true or false) so that only the best or worst possible case is presented. Any other possibilities are either ignored or discredited. The object of all this is to get the public to REACT STRONGLY, “FOR” or “AGAINST” an idea, issue, person, or object.

An example of this technique would be a pediatrician to explains to a television audience how “vaccines wiped out” dread diseases, without giving credit to improved sanitation, personal hygiene, improved diet, or the supreme capabilities of the immune system. The technique is very often accompanied, in terms of “studies”, by publication of incomplete data, promotion of far-reaching claims and refusal to publish collateral data which questions the safety or efficacy of what is being promoted.

Card stacking can also be concealed by misleading use of words and “discussions” where only the proponents of a particular group are present.

LOADED IMAGES: The goal of the propagandist is to “stack the deck” with emotionally charged meanings or connotations. An example would be reference to a disease as a “hidden menace” or a “killer and crippler” and that “a vaccine is the only solution.” Interestingly, in terms of vaccines for relatively benign, self-limiting diseases of childhood, these diseases have because of vaccines been transformed into more serious conditions in adolescents and young adults. See our master analysis of the vaccine paradigm or books on the subject for details.

LOADED WORDS: Loaded words can be used to get attention, arose fear and induce the population to obey “authorities”. Newspapers are a good source illustrating this. With reference to disease and the allopathic paradigm, words like “dread”, “deadly” and “risk” appear frequently in order to intimidate the reader. In order to suppress movement toward alternatives, words like “quack” are ironically directed toward “unapproved” solutions. The irony is that the word “quack”, associated with incompetence and deception, belongs with orthodox allopathy, not as a blanket ALLNESS directed toward non-polaric alternatives and proponents of them. But, this is the way orthodoxy attempts, and succeeds, at intimidating the public.

THE BANDWAGON APPROACH: Everywhere you will find editorials in newspapers which argue for passage of a particular law or proposal by pointing out something like “16 states now have this law” or “35 states now use fluoridation”, or “65,000 children received this vaccine last year in Ohio”, suggesting that “everybody is doing it” so it “must be right”. The bandwagon approach to propaganda. The idea that something is “right” or “good” if enough people are doing it is one of the most seductive of mental traps, because within it lies the human need to belong to a group. The problem with “bandwagons” is that they can easily promote mindless conformism and unconsciousness. Because bandwagons are action-oriented rather than critical-inquiry oriented, unconsciousness is often a consequence. The “solutions” often demanded by bandwagon approaches are nearly always quantitative in terms of “status quo” solutions. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the vaccination and AIDS bandwagons. With vaccines, it is “more education” and “more legislation” to get more people injected. With AIDS, it is “more money” for “more research” into “more drugs” and “more vaccines”. Bandwagons, therefore, can easily become part of the problem itself.

Definition of Cognitive Distortions:
(See also Taboos in the Paradigm areas)

Cognitive distortions are logical, but they are not rational. They can create real difficulty with your thinking. See if you are doing any of the ten common distortions that people use. Rate yourself from one to ten with one being low and ten being high. Ask yourself if you can stop using the distortions and think in a different way.

ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING: You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see your self as a total failure.

OVERGENERALIZATION: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.

MENTAL FILTER: You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened, like the drop of ink that discolors the entire beaker of water.

DISQUALIFYING THE POSITIVE: You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences.

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS: You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that convincingly support your conclusion.

MIND READING: You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you, and you don’t bother to check this out

THE FORTUNETELLER ERROR: you can anticipate that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction is an already-established fact.

MAGNIFICATION (CATASTROPHIZING) OR MINIMIZATION: You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your goof-up or someone else’s achievement), or you inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or other fellow’s imperfections). This is also called the binocular trick.”

EMOTIONAL REASONING: You assume that your negative emotions necessarily reflect the way things really are: “I feel it, therefore it must be true.”
SHOULD STATEMENTS: You try to motivate yourself with should and shouldn’t, as if you had to be whipped and punished before you could be expected to do anything. “Musts” and “oughts” are also offenders. The emotional consequences are guilt. When you direct should statements toward others, you feel anger, frustration, and resentment.

LABELING AND MISLABELING: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself. “I’m a loser.” When someone else’s behavior rubs you the wrong way, you attach a negative label to him” “He’s a Goddamn louse.” Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.

PERSONALIZATION: You see your self as the cause of some negative external event, which in fact you were not primarily responsible for.

Some Interesting Quotes

“The paradox of our era is that we is that we extend toleration to systems of belief that are themselves intrinsically intolerant and abhorrent to modern consciousness.”

“A belief is an idea that is held based on some support – even if that support is the result of prior fabrication by someone else who needs one to belief as he does…”

“To believe in something is not the same as knowing something. Intrinsic to the concept of belief is implication that there is an opposite to belief, disbelief. Not everyone will believe something is true, but all sane and rational people will acknowledge an observable fact.”

Belief is based only on unconfirmed information, so the person declaring the belief is always hedging his/her bet as to whether the belief is ‘correct’, and seeks the company of those who ‘believe’ and seeks to separate those who don’t, with the strongest beliefs attaching themselves to concepts of identity and the apparent nature of the reality around them, with a peculiar preference for religions, ‘belief’ in external god figures and more.”

“Religion, in its essence, is thus not a scheme of conduct, but a theory of causes. What brought it into the world in the remote days I try to conjure up by hypotheses in Section I were man’s eternal wonder and his eternal hope. It represents one of his ‘boldest efforts‘ to ‘penetrate the unknowable’, to ‘put down the intolerable’, to ‘refashion the universe nearer to his heart’s desire’. My belief is that it is a poor device to that end–that when it is examined objectively it testifies to his lack of sense quite as much as to his high striving. But that belief is just a belief. The immense interest and importance of the thing itself remains.” H.L. Mencken, Treatise on the Gods (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930, revised 1946) In other words, religion is a mental construct based on a belief system, not objective reality. For more background, click here.

The Eventual Result At Some Point

“Kill the disbelievers!”
(Typical comment from a ‘believer’) = Planetary Discord, Terrorism, Violence, Ethnic Cleansing, etc.

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