Psy-ops of “Strategic Communications” Busted Wide Open by Rolling Stone

24 02 2011

Read first.
Then discuss.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes.

Power of story. This exposes and then explains everything we’ve ever talked about here imo.

According to Holmes, the general wanted the IO team to provide a “deeper analysis of pressure points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds.” The general’s chief of staff also asked Holmes how Caldwell could secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge. “How do we get these guys to give us more people?” he demanded. “What do I have to plant inside their heads?”



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24 02 2011

Heard from Rolling Stone’s exec editor Eric Bates just now:

“There’s a difference between public affairs and propaganda. This was a propaganda unit, and you’re not supposed to have them in the room.”

“It’s against the law to have them even attempt it. It [Psy-ops] is a weapon. A weapon that is not supposed to be used on our own people.”

Norah O’Donnell asked specifically if they found evidence of “disinformation, to trick or deceive”? — Bates’ answer: Yes.

24 02 2011

See “the truths” of economist and former labor secretary under President Clinton, Robert Reich. (And a broke-but-looking-to-break-back cock of the snook to Chris O’Donnell for it. Knowledge is power, and there’s power in story!)

The Republican Shakedown [or JJ’s alternate title, psy-ops used against us as Americans]
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You can’t fight something with nothing. But as long as Democrats refuse to talk about the almost unprecedented buildup of income, wealth, and power at the top – and the refusal of the super-rich to pay their fair share of the nation’s bills – Republicans will convince people it’s all about government and unions. . .

The final truth is as income and wealth have risen to the top, so has political power. The reason all of this is proving so difficult to get across is the super-rich, such as the Koch brothers, have been using their billions to corrupt politics, hoodwink the public, and enlarge and entrench their outsized fortunes. They’re bankrolling Republicans who are mounting showdowns and threatening shutdowns, and who want the public to believe government spending is the problem.

They are behind the Republican shakedown.

24 02 2011

This seems like way overkill. What’s wrong with the traditional tools (booze, cigars, strippers) used to influence middle aged white men?

24 02 2011

And then we have psy-ops journalism — messing with our heads and getting us to behave the way they want us to, so they can “win” this war with reality as the enemy — deployed as a weapon against American understanding of what’s really happening in WI and why:

Really Bad Reporting
Economic nonsense is being reported as fact in most of the news reports on the Wisconsin dispute, the product of a breakdown of skepticism among journalists multiplied by their lack of understanding of basic economic principles. [and some really well-bankrolled psy-ops?]

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans.

Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, created the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not.

Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers . . .

24 02 2011
Nance Confer

Sachs was the first talking head I saw being interviewed who was actually speaking the truth. The rest have just been repeating the garbage the Rs put out as if it is factual.


24 02 2011

And if even Shep Smith on FOX had it, and aired it, no one else has an excuse!

The real point of the fight, Smith said, could be found in the list of the top ten donors to political campaigns. Seven out of the ten donated to Republicans; the other three were unions donating to Democrats.

“Bust the unions, and it’s over,” Smith said. He then brought up the Koch brothers, the billionaires who have bankrolled much of the anti-union pushback in Wisconsin. The fight, Smith said, “started” with the Kochs, who he said were trying to get a return on the money they donated to Walker’s campaign.

“I’m not taking a side on this, I’m just telling you what’s going on…to pretend this is about a fiscal crisis in the state of Wisconsin is malarkey,” Smith said.

The video is at the link, and Juan Williams adds something pithy about how “facts make some people so angry!” 😉

25 02 2011

Speaking of which, Meg sent me to a boycott-the-Koch-labels link, where I was distressed to see Vanity Fair thinking it was the magazine, then realizing it was a paper napkin brand. How did I realize this? At another link: THe Koch brothers may be in your house right now!

Charles and David Koch own what Forbes magazine described as the second largest privately owned company in the nation.

While most of Koch Industries revolves around energy and gas—including pipelines in Texas and Oklahoma, and refineries in Mississippi—it also owns the Georgia-Pacific paper company, which makes a bevy of popular products, like the following:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity Fair napkins
Zee napkins

Those who are adamantly against the Koch brothers and their politics could, of course, show their disdain by avoiding these products, but that doesn’t mean your privates will still be safe from public machinations. [JJ likes this alliterative ring well as agreeing with the point.]

The nation’s other largest paper company, Kimberly-Clark, which produces Kleenex, Kotex, Cottonelle, Depends and Scott paper towel, to name a few, is run by a man named Thomas Falk.

Falk has previously donated to John Cornyn, the Republican Senator who once likened same-sex marriage to tying the knot with a box turtle, regularly assails a woman’s right to choose and in 2005 voted against increased funding for armored vehicles for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From breastfeeding to going to the bathroom, the electoral system seems to find itself into our every nook and cranny. Especially the crannies.

26 02 2011

For tomorrow’s NYT magazine, make time to read the whole thing when you can. It shines a bright light on how and why the psy-ops of demonizing teachers and other public workers works, the toolkit of deceptive oversimplification as practiced in New Jersey by the new national darling of the GOP:

“Depending on your vantage point, Chris Christie is a truth-teller or a demagogue, or maybe even a little of both.
. . .Sooner or later, most people tend to tire of the boorish guy at the party, even if he’s entertaining, and even if he has a point.
Christie waves away such concerns. . . . play-acting, berating and emoting his way toward some kind of public reckoning . . .”

27 02 2011
Nance Confer

Shop at the Dollar Store and/or buy non-brand-names and avoid most of these products. 🙂

Nance (wondering if they are all made in the same factory anyway and just have different labels slapped on them. . . )

28 02 2011

“…wondering if they are all made in the same factory anyway…”

Yeah, there’s probably an endless list of ways that most all products are touched in some way by these people, as JJ’s ewwy “crannies” reference suggests. 🙂

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