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  1. The work history of the folks in the Robert Mueller team is reported on by the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff. For those unspooked by a relatively quiet news front on the special counsel's activities, and for those who are curious about credible/non-credible implications of the activities. And maybe for those who use "Muh Russia" unironically ... (& for those who may have forgotten the details of the inquiry's frame of reference: the Rosenstein order establishing his authority) The DB article's subheadline slug: To probe alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel has essentially built his own miniature Justice Department. Meet the experts he’s recruited. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion (emphasis added):
  2. The Facebook Group "For the New Intellectuals" is sometimes a font of interesting articles relating directly to Objectivists and objective-ism. Earlier this week, Anoop Verma posted a link to an article at the US Spectator, "Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’" In it she dishes on a variety of stone cold losers and screechers assembling at the starting gate for the Democratic presidential nomination contests. Piquant, zesty, trenchant, pick your adjective ... She also gets in the weeds about the Deep State:
  3. Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment Alex Jones and Infowars are getting slammed in a manner that is not persuasive, to say the least. That is why this thread is in Persuasion Techniques. This is a case of what not to do. Take a look at following crap on a sister site Alex owns. You can't see it on Infowars right now because the establishment bullies have triggered a DDOS attack on the site. Infowars.com Site Goes Down Amid Big Tech Censorship Comes as social media giants try to silence political speech ahead of midterms The subtitle is correct. This is all about the midterms. During the past presidential election, Hillary Clinton complained about Alex Jones by name. Also, Clinton's poodle, Mueller is currently targeting Roger Stone in a Hail Mary attempt to make his investigation relevant and influence the upcoming elections. Roger co-hosts his own show on Infowars. Do you believe in coincidences like that? As this thread develops, I will list the crap the crony corporatists and deep state are doing to Alex, but I want to ask you something right now. You may hate Alex Jones or think he is insane. But after being thrown off Facebook, YouTube, ITunes, Spotify, Pinterest, the autoresponder MailChimp and several other major social media sites, including payment processors, all within the same time frame, and now when you go to Jones's own site, Infowars, you get this: ... because hackers are blasting Denial of Service robot attacks on his site so no one else can access it, do you this this is OK? Is this the kind of world you want to live in? Or do you prefer free speech on the Internet? For me, this is despicable and I am weighing my own options about shutting down my own presences at some of the crony corporatist sites like Facebook, etc. For the time being, though, I'm waiting to see what happens. Need I remind folks that this is how it works before authoritarians take over something big? As in the words of Martin Niemöller: Granted, we are talking about the ability to speak on the Internet and not physical imprisonment, but the way this thing is unfolding, it is serious and the pattern is the same. Luckily, Alex's support has grown because of this bullying. The Internet is just too big right now. And since, thankfully, net neutrality regulations have been neutralized, the government does not have its grubby mits on throttling whoever the regulators find objectionable. So despite the cronies and deep state thinking they can guarantee Democratic Party wins in the upcoming midterms by shutting down popular opposing voices (and they are starting to go hogwild with lots of other sites--if you look into this, you will be amazed at the brazenness), I don't think they understand how this will resonate with the typical American spirit. One thing is for sure. They are not persuading anyone by this bullying. They are only singing to their own choir. And, unbelievably, they have accomplished the impossible propaganda-wise. They have turned Alex Jones into a legitimate victim and martyr for a massive victimization story to be used during the elections. Congratulations, idiots. Un-frigging-believable. Now live with the consequences. Michael
  4. Veritas Deep State Project Covert videos are not a persuasion method in the sense of rhetoric. But this is still a persuasion technique. Exposure of bad guys engaged in naked wrongdoing and bragging about it is one of the all time greats. It often works when the videos are doctored, but it really works when it is the truth and the exposure gets widespread. In the realm of show and tell, it's show and let the bad guys tell on themselves. The covert part comes in infiltrating the bad guys, not manipulating an unaware target of a persuasion message. So far, all we have is this video. As time goes along, this thread will grow and one-by-one deep state actors will become exposed. I'm opening the thread citing Project Veritas because exposure of the deep state can get clouded over by talking about fringe conspiracy extremists, often citing the more kooky statements as if they were representative of normal deep state criticism. Not that I disagree with the extremists (some are on to something and some are not), but this thread is devoted to persuasion of people who disagree, some who even think there is not a deep state. That will never happen by fanning the flames of those who agree. There is nothing more persuasive to those who disagree than a video and audio recording--in context--of a person talking and doing something bad. No argument to the contrary can rebut that. The person who disagrees may still disagree, but he must either do a massive blank-out, appeal to context (which is legitimate, but can cognitively messy once the name-calling kicks in), or let a crack appear in his convictions. And therein lies the effectiveness of the persuasion technique. So let's see what James comes up with. I have a feeling this one is going to get nasty. But, by exposing actual deep state personnel going about their normal lives and doing and bragging about their misbehavior, I predict this will help influence moderates in the midterms to vote for Trump-friendly candidates. Michael
  5. The Swamp War against President Trump After oodles of rhetoric, investigations and legal games, The Swamp just fired its first cannonball. They jailed Paul Manafort before the trial. Alan Dershowitz is fit to be tied. (If you want to see the video, go to the link below.) Dershowitz Explodes On MSNBC: Locking Up Manafort Before A Trial Is ‘so Obnoxious To Our Constitution’ I mentioned on another post here on OL: I'm pretty damn sure I'm going to enjoy how this plays out. Michael
  6. Do you ever get slightly confused by the term "Deep State," or wonder if another person is sensing the same concept as you? Here's an interesting analytical essay by Mike Lofgren, author of the book "The Deep State." Anatomy of the Deep State -- who knew there was a website called Wikispooks.com? Here's a link to their page on Deep State, which uncovers the interesting provenance of the phrase ...