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    The 3 Trigger Terms Being Used to Stop Critical Thinking



    It’s a strange world of newspeak we live in. What was once a society devoted to logic and progress is now being herded into echo chambers of thought control and anti-critical thinking. Without the ability to examine an issue impartially and completely there is little hope of maintaining liberty and freedom, as history repeatedly demonstrated.

    Today, we find that thinking is a diminishing art, and in its place, sound bites and stop-thought terms are used to put the brakes on the mind. These terms are widely used as signals to prevent minds from looking too deeply at a topic or issue.

    "Thinking critically means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out. It is a way of thinking in which one doesn’t simply accept all arguments and conclusions to which one is exposed without questioning the arguments and conclusions. It requires curiosity, skepticism and humility. People who use critical thinking are the ones who say things such as, “How do you know that?” “Is this conclusion based on evidence or gut feelings?” and “Are there alternative possibilities when given new pieces of information?” [Source]

    The three terms most widely used today to this avail are detailed below.

    1.) Conspiracy Theorist – This term is so overused that it really is devoid of any practical meaning. If you were to examine it at face value, though, it describes a person who is looking to understand injustices in our world and is willing to look at uncomfortable facts in search of negative influence… of which there is plenty in our world today.

    However, ‘conspiracy theorist’ has literally become a derogatory term that is attributed to anyone who refuses to accept mainstream narratives at face value. It doesn’t matter that there is overwhelming evidence to indicate that mainstream media does not value objectivity or report on important issues thoroughly or truthfully.

    Now we find this term applied as a prefix to well-known journalists and media personalities, almost as we use the term Doctor. It’s an adjective that precedes them everywhere, so that before you even know what issue is being discussed, you know that the issue is coming from someone considered to be fringe and unacceptable.

    2.) Alt – We see the label ‘alt’ being applied more and more frequently as an adjective for sentiments that supposedly do not fit in with the accepted status quo. Ideas outside of the box.

    Alt-Media. Alt-Right. Alt-Left. Alt-News. Alt-Health. And so on.

    The signal here is that the mainstream is the safe space, and that any segment of ideas or thought given this prefix is outside of that mainstream and, therefore, not something ordinary people would want to associate with. It takes complex ideas and sensitive issues and benches them, so that when the hive mind stumbles upon something ‘alt’ they immediately react with fear, disdain and feigned outrage. […]

    3.) Hate Speech – This term is one of the all-time favorites of politicians and tyrants. After all, what could more dangerous than hate?

    Newsflash: Hate speech is not the same thing as a hate crime. Speech is just that, speech. It is literally vibrating air moving through space, and unless we’re talking about and LRAD crowd control cannon, sound really can’t cause people physical harm.

    It is fascinating to watch how people use this term so freely as if speech itself can be criminal. American society is founded on the idea of freedom of speech and self-expression, which at its core is the recognition that as human beings we do not and never will all see the world in the same way. It is an acknowledgement of the fact that different people have different ideas about how the world is and should be. That these differences shouldn’t be used as a basis for discrimination.

    The term hate speech is one of the most loaded and ambiguous terms in the political lexicon. Beware.

    Final Thoughts

    Next time you see or hear these terms being used, ask yourself what it is about the story that you’re not supposed to think too deeply about. Allow both sides of the argument to share equal time in your mind, and honor the independent, sovereign being within yourself that deserves a chance to make up its own mind about how it wishes to view the world.
    http://www.renegadetribune.com/the-3...ical-thinking/

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    Of these terms the one I think that has the most wrongful use is "Conspiracy Theorist" while true many things should be questioned sometimes these people go to the extreme and believe everything is some sort of conspiracy. This in turn makes everybody that questions things seem to be obsessed with their theories.
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    This is a good documentary on the use of the term "conspiracy theory":



    It's one of the most heavily used terms by politicians, in the media, and the their agenda is pretty clear - they want people to believe that conspiracies don't exist, the world is exactly like they say it is and anyone who disagrees is to be marginalized, mocked and shamed. True investigate journalism would genuinely examine the evidence rationally, debate the issues and logically come to conclusions, but instead the corporate mainstream media shamefully resorts to deceptive tactics - incessant ridicule and hostile name-calling like "they're a bunch of nutcases"/"kooks"/"crackpots"... "nutty conspiracy garbage"... "only those considered nutjobs question official conclusion" etc. etc.

    One only needs to think about how and why this term was popularized... It was the CIA who ultimately weaponized the term when it was adopted as the fundamental component in their propaganda campaign to oppose conspiracy theories. The CIA essentially institutionalized the "conspiracy theory" term in the late 60s and engaged in information warfare when it sent a detailed memo to all of its bureaus titled "Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report", which was the government's official investigation into the JFK assassination.

    The irony is - or rather a sad fact - that often those who dismiss "conspiracy theories" do so based on a knee-jerk reaction and not as a result of rational thought. They condemn something without any prior investigation, dismiss statements as absurd without giving any proof of their alleged absurdity or engage in other logical fallacies such as appeal to authority ("x said so, so it must be true", or "I saw it on TV") or popularity ("nobody really believes this"), not to mention ad hominems and name-calling ("nutjob", "tinfoil hat"). Others dismiss them because the alternative - that their governments, politicians, etc. would be engaging in systematic lies, surveillance, mind control, etc. - would be to grim and scary.

    Just because something sounds crazy or far-fetched though, it doesn't make it necessarily so. Many bizarre-sounding conspiracy theories have actually turned out to be true, or to have had some basis in reality. If someone is going to point fingers at those "crackpots", the least they can do is do their own research. Finally, if conspiracy theories are so ridiculous that it is self-evident, why invest of so much effort in trying to suppress them? Google has rigged news story search results prioritizing left-leaning outlets and pushing conservative and "truther" content far down. If someone searches for 9/11 conspiracy theories, as an example, the first entries are from "myth" and "debunking" pages. YouTube is adding "authoritative" context to search results about conspiracy-prone topics, annotating conspiracy-related pages with text from "trusted sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica,", supplementing search results with links to mainstream news articles, not to mention demonetizing non-mainstream content. Perhaps because more and more people are beginning to question official narrative and what they hear on CNN or Fox News...

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    If you're not a "conspiracy theorist" today, you simply have not been paying attention in the last two, three decades.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aeternitas
    The CIA essentially institutionalized the "conspiracy theory" term in the late 60s and engaged in information warfare when it sent a detailed memo to all of its bureaus titled "Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report", which was the government's official investigation into the JFK assassination.
    Yes, and while there were just a few dozen C.I.A. operatives working for the media back in the late 60s, sometimes controlling entire magazines (early UFO-mags come to mind) - there must be many more today. Our media rarely make attempts to debunk conspiracy theories, not seriously at least - only in the extreme case of 9/11 did I see the MSM somewhat try to offer their version of events, but they failed miserably. What they did was focus on a few of the more outrageous theories surrounding 9/11 or simply an irrelevant detail here or there, not crucial to these conspiracy theories.

    It's quite possible that the ongoing assault on free speech on the internet has a lot to do with Pizzagate, another so-called conspiracy theory, even though the Podesta emails clearly talk of elite pedo sex parties. In one careless email they drop the code language and even mention the age of "the entertainment", and they're all children younger than 12. It's just my personal hunch - of course Brexit and Trump, not to mention the Italian elections, really frightened our lords and masters as well. But no information reaching us from the D.N.C. hacked emails is as explosive as Pizzagate - and don't forget Julian Assange implied the leak didn't come from the Russians, but from inside the Democratic party itself, Britain's ambassador in the U.S. said the same thing - and Assange pointed to the murdered Seth Rich, who was executed in broad daylight while driving his car. His assassins have never been found.

    Isn't it curious, BTW, how Hillary Clinton and company, complain of how the Russians influenced the presidential elections by digging up the dirt they got on her but then how no journalist ever seems to inquire as to what this dirt it is? Shouldn't that be a major concern? Why is no-one asking that question? Here are the media, constantly talking about this subject, but never mentioning what this is all about, then. What is the exact thing the Russians said about Hillary Clinton, who is known to be the most corrupt politician of all time in U.S. politics anyway.

    Imagine what would happen if the establishment's pedo networks are exposed - life as we know it would end - the entire political system would collapse when the elite's endless corruption finally sees the daylight. Andrew Breitbart died all of a sudden too when he delved into this subject. And in June Anthony Bourdain, one of the first voices of the #metoo movement and who may have very well known of the networks, also supposedly committed suicide, for no particular reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    Yes, and while there were just a few dozen C.I.A. operatives working for the media back in the late 60s, sometimes controlling either magazines (early UFO-mags come to mind) - there must be many more today.
    When the BRD (FRG) was established in 1948, we got with the package the "Medienvorbehalt" (lifespan into the year 2099!), an article within the occupation statutes that underlie the Basic Law and is referenced within the "Medienstaatsvertrag". From then on, newpapers and publishing houses each got their own CIA agent, overviewing the published material.

    Given how the EU's foundational bodies have been established at the same time, I'd actually assume that similar supervising structures have been imposed onto most, if not all, national medias, at least in France, BeNeLux, Britain, Italy and so on, ie the core of the future EU and of NATO, to ensure that the "war propaganda" would continue.

    There has been considerable ex post facto examination of the CIA’s use of covert funding mechanisms including the Congress of Cultural Freedom to fund writers and magazines in Europe, the best known of which were The Paris Review and Encounter out of London. As there was a low intensity war going on against communism, a conflict which many patriotic writers supported, funding magazines and finding contributors to write appropriate material was relatively easy and hardly challenged. Some senior editors knew or strongly suspected where their funding was coming from while some did not, but most didn’t ask any questions because then as now patrons of literary magazines were in short supply. Many of the writers were in the dark about the funding, but wrote what they did because of their own personal political convictions. The CIA, seeking value for money, would urge certain editorial lines but was not always very aggressive in doing so as it sought to allow the process to play out without too much interference.
    https://ahtribune.com/us/fake-news/2...formation.html

    Digging through declassified documents on the US govts library, specially CIA's own internal newspaper "Covert Operations" is quite interesting, and explains a lot of the outrageous nonsense that still comes from politicians re WWII and Cold War era.



    Isn't it curious, BTW, how Hillary Clinton and company, complain of how the Russians influenced the presidential elections by digging up the dirt they got on her but then how no journalist ever seems to inquire as to what this dirt it is? Shouldn't that be a major concern? Why is no-one asking that question?
    Yup, this media blackout is quite telling. Also the question why those polling machines - that a 12 year old can easily hack (as been demonstrated just recently by a ChaosComputerClub meeting) - are partly privately owned, not few of them by Soros. I mean, what the hell?

    Andrew Breitbart died all of a sudden too when he delved into this subject. And in June Anthony Bourdain, one of the first voices of the #metoo movement and who may have very well known of the networks, also supposedly committed suicide, for no particular reason.
    You forgot the "unfortunate deaths" in airplanes of witnesses to the Uranium One thing. At least two of the plane 'crashes' in the last few years fall into the category, the Malaysian airplane shot down over Ukraine and the vanished one. Also the alleged "suicide flight" of the German plane had most likely a witness aboard on his way to confess against Killary.

    One has to wonder how many plane "crashs" actually have been covert CIA operations to remove inconvenient figures from the public...
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