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PSYOPS - Today's Wars Are Won With Military & Messages

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Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) has been alternatively known in the U.S. as Military Information Support Operations (MISO) since 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, psychological warfare is, "The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives." PSYOPS influence the behavior of governments, groups, organizations and individuals; and can be used during conflict or peacetime. With the world's geopolitics on edge, we thought now would be an appropriate time to look at just what PSYOPS are?


Psychological Warfare



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Mon, 06/16/2014 - 21:54 | 4863692 So Close
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All your thoughts are bewong to us!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:07 | 4863734 gh0atrider
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Messages are not real.  You cannot touch them.


/great Zerohead philosopher

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:14 | 4863755 Urban Roman
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Today's wars are won with 40 page infographics that no one has time to read.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:26 | 4863781 Hovel Downs
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pretty pictures...

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:48 | 4863829 palmereldritch
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May tricks

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:26 | 4863938 Ben Ghazi
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"Yes We Can"


"Hope and Change"




"We are the 99%"

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 03:14 | 4864168 ObamaDepression
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Christ, no kidding.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:19 | 4864224 Aaaarghh
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Theres probably more than a few spotty NSA/GCHQ/israeli/ruskie/sino scumbags on here trolling the rest of us. Fuck em!

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:40 | 4864307 dontgoforit
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@gHoatrider: "Messages are not real.  You can't touch them."  No, but when they tell you via message that your mother has died, the message becomes all too real, touch or not.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:42 | 4863813 monad
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Today's psyops are why the no ones think they don't have time to read 40 page infographics. 

Turn on. Tune in. Raze the temple.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:16 | 4863907 Urban Roman
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Write it with a sharpie on the wall of a restroom stall and snap it with your smartphone.

It's what passes for analysis these days.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:21 | 4863926 monad
Tue, 06/17/2014 - 04:08 | 4864201 zhandax
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Coitus ergo sum

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 21:54 | 4863694 papaswamp
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The new cyberwarfare bitchez....

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 21:59 | 4863702 Cognitive Dissonance
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These techniques are only used against 'our' enemies and never against "We the People"......right?




<But I'm one of the good guys.>

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:03 | 4863716 NoDebt
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From what I've seen on ZH, you have a nasty tendency to use critical thinking and logic.  These are the hallmaks of a potentially dangerous person to the regime.  You're the enemy to them.  If they didn't pick you up at first logon to ZH, they sure as hell put you on the list when you published your first article here.

Look at the bright side.  You don't have to wornder where you stand any more.  Now you know.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:08 | 4863735 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs Cog was sent by the NSA to corral and control me. In an unguarded moment she admitted they do not much worry about what I write as long as my message is to look within. Unless of course I'm talking about looking within my gun cabinet.

But now all my weapons are belong to Mrs Cog.  :))

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:12 | 4863746 Mrs. Cog
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Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:13 | 4863749 Cognitive Dissonance
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Plus she had me 'fixed' I'm shooting blanks anyway. :)

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:48 | 4863828 Colonel Klink
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Don't they call those "hollow" points?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:58 | 4863855 Cognitive Dissonance
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I am now in possession of a non kinetic 'weapon' of mass Mrs. distraction.  :)

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:45 | 4864315 dontgoforit
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Pleasurably distracted.  My missus is a better shot than me anyway and like you, I'm shooting hollow pts. too.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:24 | 4863776 disabledvet
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we don't know. does the fact that we "image"ine it make it real?

i know i don't know.
i know i feel.

are we all just..."part of the program"?


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:02 | 4863712 Caviar Emptor
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The Freedom Fighters of Iran will help us fight the Terrorists of Iraq.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:44 | 4863819 OldPhart
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Maybe we can draft the 'Freedom Fighters' in Syria....umm, uh oh...

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:09 | 4863730 Dr. Engali
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I'm no expert but, I'm fairly certain that falling towers, staged bombings, and mass shootings by a drug induced white male, all fall under this category.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:50 | 4863993 NidStyles
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Why kill a people when you can convince them to obey you or your will be forced to let the "enemy" into the compound. 

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:13 | 4863752 seataka
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A Prophetic Warning from Dr Robert Oppenhiemer from the Journal of the Atomic Scientists
 May 1959

"In the last ten years physicists have been extraordinarily noisy about the immense powers, largely through their efforts, but through other efforts as well have come into the possession of man, powers notably and strikingly for very large scale and dreadful destruction. We have spoken of our responsibilities and our obligations to society in terms that sound very provincial, because the psychologist can hardly do anything without realizing that for him the acquisition of knowledge opens up the most terrifying prospects of controlling what people do and how they feel. This is true for all of you who are engaged in practice, and as the corpus of psychology gains in certitude and subtlety and skill. I can see that the physicists pleas that what he discovers be used with humanity and be used wisely will seem trivial compared to those pleas which you will have to make and for which you will be responsible."

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:14 | 4863753 honestann
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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, psychological warfare is,"The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives.

The ISIS response:  earplugs (wads of cloth).

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:16 | 4863761 Son of Captain Nemo
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What happens when the most important elements within the "PSYOPS stable" go off the reservation and decide to tell the rest of the Country and more importantly the GDNRs that it ain't what they've been told it is and the cascading affect and pernicious damage it inflicts when you' tell two recruits and they tell two recruits and so-on... and so-on...

No small wonder they are being labeled as the # 1 threat by the DHS?...

However given the damage that's been done to the U.S. military's reputation you would think that they would be having mass scale mutinies that we'd all be hearing about by now!

Let's hope that happens before the ones still following orders for the paycheck get us all killed!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:54 | 4863995 NidStyles
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When I last wore a uniform, 2009, I was seeing about 20% of the units I dealt with going AWOL. It doesn't get much more obvious than that. 

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:56 | 4864242 dreadnaught
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in Vietnam, "fragging" superior assholes-er Officers bacame action of choice-got to be pretty high

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:18 | 4863762 tony wilson
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tavistock runs the software with in built failure

chatham house rules

rothschild wins



dis connect or at least question the fucking fakery.

withdraw your consent

you tools.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:22 | 4863770 Alcoholic Nativ...
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9/11 was an inside job.


Take this dick.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:36 | 4863802 Son of Captain Nemo
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If I had to provide an educated guess that particular "tower" didn't collapse due to nanothermite...

I think that's more like Lebron James consoling himself after the butt kicking he and the rest of the Miami Heat just took from the Spurs...

My advice is that you change your personal picture for your posts -I'd call that a bit too descriptive even for this site.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:22 | 4863771 Hovel Downs
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Nice graphics. watit say

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:42 | 4863811 Caviar Emptor
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My neighbor was a 9/11 inside jobber. On his death bead he confessed to planting nukes inside WT7. He said it was revenge for Kennedy's assassination

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:41 | 4863975 Ben Ghazi
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Wow, thanks for the info.


All this time I thought it was Colonel Mustard, in the study, with the rope!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:55 | 4863816 kchrisc
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The Anti-Government "Serenity Creed":

All government, all, are nothing more than criminal syndicates of violence organized to steal from or kill you. They want your labor and product, money, your kids and your compliance and silence.

All plans and actions by government are nothing more than schemes, scams and rackets, deceptions, organized to facilitate their thefts and murders.

All utterances by government, pols, crats and their bankster masters, are nothing more than lies and cover, deceit, for their thefts and murders.

In the end, government can only produce three things: poverty, misery and death. Any evidence to the contrary is an illusion and temporary.

Once you understand and know this, the world is a totally different place and no lie, promise or psyop can reach you.


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:44 | 4863820 DarthVaderMentor
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So this is how Hillary is going to fool the sheeple making them think she's kind, gentle and competent and win the election?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:51 | 4863833 TNTARG
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A map worths a thousand words... And how Psy Ops become useless.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:55 | 4863837 Duc888
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Since all warz are basically bullshit.  The biggest bullshitters win the biggest warz.


What do I have against some stupid head chopping asshole 6000+ miles away.  That's a local problem over there.  When I have some asshat shitbag letting 30,000+ leachfucks through out porous borders every week, then the problem becomes local over here.


Let's put the blame where it belongs.


Too bad we don't have any defenses here in CONUS.  Might as well just fire all the morons in the Pentagon....WTF are they even there for if they can not perform job number fucking one.  Just more useless leachfucks with nice uniforms.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:12 | 4863840 deflator
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A good example of thought control is the concept of racism. A hundred years ago no one would have a clue what you were talking about much less the meaning of the word. Is the thought that people should organize themselves according to race something that should be vilified, ostracized and stricken from the record?  At the turn of the century 1899-1900 European Whites made up 40% of the worlds population--100 years later there has been several doublings of the worlds population but today European Whites make up less than 8% of the worlds population and are having less than 4% of the worlds babies.

  Obviously tptb created the notion of racism because it was in their interest of infinite economic model. Most racists say that the reason that there was immigration act of 1964 was socialism. No it wasn't, it was because you need more of everything including people, cars, houses, etc. to maintain an infinite economic model. Dumbasses don't understand the simple concept that ism doesn't matter unless it is in the interest of the .0001% The reason we have mass immigration policy is because of falling demographics and you can't support an infinite economic model on anything that is falling.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 01:13 | 4864080 jaxville
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 "Racism" only applies to whites. It is the white race that must be destroyed because it is the only race that stands up to the Jew. For now most whites are unaware and are busily going about their mindless consumption oblivious to that reality. Fear of being termed a racist or any other 'politically correct" construct keeps them in line.


 Soon the reality they bought into will be overwhelmed by cognitive dissonance as so much taken for granted no longer works, When that fire starts I will be throwing buckets of gasoline on it and ISIS will look like humanitarians compared to what will happen here.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:54 | 4863843 bilbert
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Really now??

Next thing you're gonna tell me is that "Dancing with the Stars", and "American Idol" are psyops!






Tue, 06/17/2014 - 03:02 | 4864163 kurt
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Yes they are to cement the concept of Social Darwinism, a key underpinning of the ruling mechanism. If you believe winners are the ultimate outcome from talent, and damn few, say 1 or 1%, then you turn a singing or dancing show into a competition wherein MOST participants are losers, like you.

What was Ed Sullivan's Show... entertainment. Now you can't have that. Somebody has to go down in flames. The winner is to be worshipped. Get it? The 1% is to be WORSHIPPED!

Now another example with proofs: Go to a thrift store. Go to the stacks of OLD LP's, specifically, look at the cover art. The further back you go the more homely, plain people are featured, people by today's standards are just too old and too ugly... losers like you, Joe Schlump. Now look at the cover art on modern music. How pretty they are, how rare, how perfect. 

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:56 | 4863850 Duc888
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Oh wait....DHS is here to protect me...



Sorry, my bad.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:53 | 4864239 dreadnaught
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"Der Ministry uf Faderland Sekurity" ???

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:57 | 4863852 My Days Are Get...
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I was the PSYOPS officer for the 2/101 in Vietnam from 1968-69.  We did all of that 24/7 - leaflet drops; broadcasts from helicopters flying low over triple canopy jungle near the A Shau Valley in and near the border of Laos; loudspeakers mounted on jeeps passing through villes and Hué; fake radio slip-ups on unsecured channels; and more.  We left our 101st calling cards near the dead; we never camouflaged our patches - the Vietnamese had never seen an eagle - they called us the "chickenmen".

They knew that we would fight to the death and had our own air power to put the shit on them whenever.  All of the above gave us a tactical advantage - the enemy would rather withdraw contact, unless they had an overwhelming fighting force.

Thinking back some 45 years, I know that we wore some of our opponents down with PSOPS.  While, what we did back then is primitive compared to contemporary methods - our stuff worked.

Flash forward to 2014.  Today, everything is PSYOPS.  Most PSYOPS are prosecuted against civilians rather than combatants.  Facts do not matter.  Fundamentals - what are they.  24/7, we are bombarded with opinion, half truths and lies.  Gold no good.  Savings no good.  Honor no good.  God - please name me a clergyman of any faith in America who had protested the despoilment of our Republic.

We are "PSYOPED OUT".  The effect wears off after a perpetual dose of anything.  You know something is wrong and only feel numbness. In that state, you are weakened and very vulnerable.  Don't let the bastards get you down.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:16 | 4863911 Wait What
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as they say in Kentucky, "Air Assault!"

thank you for your service.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:32 | 4863954 Joe A
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Also oversized condoms were dropped with the aim of demoralizing the Vietcong thinking they have small dickies. Still, America lost that war. Why? Because no amount of propaganda can convince a determined opponent. Same in Afghanistan. You don't win the hearts and minds of people with psyops when on the other hand you bomb them to pieces.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 01:16 | 4864083 jaxville
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 I guess that psyops helped the US win the Vietnam war.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 04:09 | 4864204 Disenchanted
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We really kicked those 'gook's' asses, didn't we?

Murica, fuck yeah!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:58 | 4863853 ken
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OH! I see! Did they ever teach them, "You really are between two watermelons and a big stick?" And, "Oh, I'm not going to train you on that because I had trouble with it, and so will you." Or, "There is no work for you, now or in the future," during the first day on the job?

They taught the German military phrases like, “The boat is sinking,” and “I am burning.”

So you mean psyops can all be used as policy on US CIVILIANS??? Oh, yay. Or is it just some stupid (little) dick, trying to assert dominance over someone who is not competing and merely trying to serve?

Do they do that to see who is smart enough to notice? To see who cares? To see who talks, and who doesn't? To see who is intimidated? Oh, pssshhh, no comment. Or was it patsy grooming gone wrong? Of course, almost everyone is clueless. Stupid mutherfuckers. I thought they were smarter than that. Evidently, they didn't think much of me. Fuck 'em.


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:00 | 4863863 ken
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And the white guys, with the right job titles, get scored higher in foreign language, even though they never set foot overseas.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:56 | 4864000 deflator
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yeah, they have been experimenting with this shit for a hundred years like putting made up words in publication such as, "irregardless" then sit back and see how many people use the made up word.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:00 | 4863858 Duc888
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"The reason we have mass immigration policy is because of falling demographics and you can't support an infinite economic model on anything that is falling."


not buyin' that at all.


Look who's rollin' over the border.  Are these highly skilled werkerz?  Ummmm no.

So they're not gonna "pay into" the system in any noticeable fashion.  They're here specifically to snuff the life out of the middle class.  The thing's working.


You're logic is kinda like... "yea this drinkin' is killin' me, might as well have another drink to numb the pain."


Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:01 | 4863970 deflator
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They don't have to be highly skilled workers--just moar...and tptb could care less if they are paying into, "the system" that you are hallucinating as long as it enriches them. Your opinion is that of someone who is applying sound money policy logic--their logic is one born of fiat. The sooner you learn the difference the better .

 Do I have to beat you over the head with the difference? because I will...and they(obviously) already have...

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:10 | 4864014 Borrow Owl
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"So they're not gonna "pay into" the system in any noticeable fashion.  They're here specifically to snuff the life out of the middle class.  The thing's working."

It's an elegantly simple strategy:

Passing out free goodies is a sure-fire way to attract vermin.

Passing out large quantities of goodies over an extended period of time virtually guarantees that you will, at some point, be totally overrun by said vermin.



Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:28 | 4864033 deflator
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 They are human beings not vermin. The PSYOPS is strong in this one.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:58 | 4864065 Borrow Owl
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"They are human beings not vermin."

Parasites are indeed vermin- whether they be Homo or Rattus.

"The PSYOPS is strong in this one."

The ignorance is indeed strong in this one.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 01:40 | 4864111 teslaberry
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when americans start killing the immigrants, or worse stop letting them in altogether, the empire is over.

the logic of immigration is simple, dilute the classes of natives that feel entitled to overthrow the overclasses with MORE hungry starving and impoverished people who are willing to claw their way to the top by working harder or by stealing from those few people around them that have more ( steal from the laboring class) .

empires rise on the backs of cheap labor ( immigrants and outsourced cheap labor through trade) and die on the backs of the natives.

if central american nations didn't have gobs of super impoverished folks that though the u.s. was offering a better location, then the u.s. wouldn't have immigration.

imagine the reverse scenario. meaning the u.s. was the subjugated nation and other nations the dominant. ---where u.s. citizens emigrated in mass to foreign lands.

the capabity of the empire to destroy and impoverish foreign nations and by doing so corral their poor and impoverished into the welcoming embrace of our 'open gates' is a strategy for running an empire.

you get the most desperate and most ambitious and most criminal and most slavish of people to make their way from everywhere to HERE. just like rome. just like moscow. just like london. just like beijing. all empires draw from the outskirts by ensuring a flow of continuous misery ensures continuous emmigration to the center.

this is an important dynamic of the nature of harvesting human beings. and vital to all city states' controlling a radius of territory, or empires controlling vast lands. through this dynamic the periphery is not only controlled , but used to strengthen the center by harvesting talent and creating a continuously stewing cauldron of competion amongst the laboring classes.

the alternative isn't generally the socialist paradise we are taught to see as characterizing northern european nations, but rather a collapsing center , where the policies that had sustained it, now operate to drain it.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 22:59 | 4863860 Ignatius
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Psyops are good shit AS LONG AS ONE IS FIGHTING A NECESSARY WAR (psyching out your opponent is preferred to having to kill them, right?).

But we (USA) don't seem to engage in those morally justified fights these days.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:40 | 4863972 Urban Roman
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We have closed the Hated Evil Empire gap.

-- Orlov

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:03 | 4863872 ken
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The point is, bitchez, these PUH-sy-OPS gets turned onto us, duh.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:04 | 4863875 Wait What
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i considered joining PsyOps when I was 'young, dumb, and full of come.' took the asvab, dlab, and did pretty well, too (137 GT, 114 DLAB)... then I started reading about the field, how it's been practiced over the past century, and realized it's all one big PsyOp. the whole thing. everything you know, everything you've been taught, the way in which you've been taught to see the world. ever since then my life path has been 'different' to say the least.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:33 | 4864047 12ToothAssassin
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This ^


Everything is a lie. Prepare accordingly.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:52 | 4864236 dreadnaught
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"When the TRUTH is be....LIES.....and all the joy...within you....DIES....."   Jefferson Airplane "Somebody to Love"

"Everything you know is wrong"---????

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:12 | 4863895 Hovel Downs
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"microsoft presention software"

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:16 | 4863914 Hovel Downs
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what's the fucking secret code to get a message posted in a thread.  

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:20 | 4863921 Hovel Downs
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How can we overthrow the fucking government when my lolcat gets posted to the revival forum.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:21 | 4863925 Hovel Downs
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Ohh, now it works...fucking psyops

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 02:38 | 4864148 bunnyswanson
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Really no different than the woman who marries as a career to a man who has a lifestyle she wants, spending the next 20 years living it, only to leave him at 50, with half of everything if not more, ready to start a new endeavor.  Those men are the saddest I meet.

Whipping Post Allman Brothers

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:34 | 4863958 Joe A
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You are being 'psyoped' from the moment you are born.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:42 | 4864232 litemine
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Conditioned.....That what we all were is Conditioned. To wrap the flag around us......Democracy, we will die for it  force it down others throats even if it kills them,   But it it goes south.......We will run leaving our allies to their death . Everyone must accept responcability for these actions, we're not that stupid ,  are we?


Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:20 | 4864368 Jam Akin
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Ja und?  In the business world Psyops is called Marketing Communications and all of us are being subjected to both forms 24/7.  Seeing it for what it is and thinking for ones' self is the antidote.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:35 | 4863960 Zadig
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Can't see "PSYOPS" and not mention the very topical Iraqi one.  For the American audience, "Zarqawi" was more propaganda that the Iraqis didn't oppose the occupation of their country.  For the Iraqi audience, he was the hobgoblin that the occupation would stop if only the Iraqis would let them stay forever.

It is difficult to determine how much has been spent on the Zarqawi campaign, which began two years ago and is believed to be ongoing. U.S. propaganda efforts in Iraq in 2004 cost $24 million, but that included extensive building of offices and residences for troops involved, as well as radio broadcasts and distribution of thousands of leaflets with Zarqawi's face on them, said the officer speaking on background.

The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work.

One internal briefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said that Kimmitt had concluded that, "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date."

Kimmitt said, "There was clearly an information campaign to raise the public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also with the international audience."


Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:31 | 4864044 VWAndy
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Psyops/propaganda/censorship are staples of modern life. Question everything and you will be amune to this weak crap. Most of it wont stand up to the light of reason.

 Take PK as an example. Counterfietting is wrong and illegal. So most all of his views are BS.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 02:44 | 4864154 windcatcher
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What a bunch of dumb-ass comments. You can see that this is all an advertisement for an online psyops degree.

You see that zero hedge and other sites advertisers’ daily pumping online CIA degrees and online psyop degrees splattered across your screen.

Apparently most of the readers and commenters here are retards that maybe should get an online CIA degree. There is a job waiting for you retards, just come on down, pay your money (student loan) and sign up as a snitch. Ha. Ha.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 02:49 | 4864157 kurt
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"Since 2010"

A few years after the author was born.

Pentagramagon, what am I paying you for?

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:38 | 4864229 litemine
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     This Article never mentioned  the constant repetition of Lies......such as

 "Weapons Of Mass Destruction"

"Don't tell me it's a Conspiracy Therory"

and all the other repeated lies from the American Commander in Chiefs' and their Cronies..........I remember some of these well. I'm  Amazing that the Elected Government uses psychological warfare on their own People.

Follow the bet.....out of mainstreet's pockets right into the .01 Percenters with the lies saying they will provide jobs........little was it known that the only jobs produced were for Economists and mathamatisians who can manipulate the numbers or items  used in all aspects of the ecconomy to show how well everyone is doing........Right?...... How's your job or jobs panning out.....

Chemical weapons.....the comanders will be responceable.....What about Americans Use of Depleted Uranium.....Agent Orange......and Drones that kill the Innocent?     America.....Your Shit Smells , it's just too bad you export it.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 06:22 | 4864252 Frankie Carbone
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No man is more eaily fooled than the one that thinks that he cannot be. ~ Author Unknown. 

I believe this to be axiomatic. In fact, I KNOW that I can be had, and strive everyday not to be the greater fool. 

Yet I still get conned from time to time, and I know that too. No matter how hard I try. I think I am duped far less than the average Joe on the street because I am diligent regarding what is true, and I will entertain even the remotest idea without summarily rejecting it; that does not mean that I will believe it, what it means is that I wargame in my mind every possible alternative, and for me, I think I am fooled maybe 10% or less than what the cattle experience. 

It it folly though to think that you can't be had. The best you can do is minimize it, which leads me to my point. Most cons are effective because the perp is able to bypass your left brain and go through your right brain straight into you reptilian, or primitive brain. 

Ever cling ot an idea, or worse, reject someone else's idea regardless of how long the debate is going, and during that disagreement, debate, what ever you may call it, you are getting angry with your "opponent" (there's a key indicator - if the person that you are having an exchange is considered your opponent in your mind then that is a red flag) no matter what points he makes? 

Well, that is your emotional brain getting in the way of your logical brain. And the reason that you are getting angry, contemptuous, the reason that you think "he's twisting your words", or "he's still not right, I am just so upset right now that I can't engage effectively", is that he is LOGICALLY DEFEATING you. 

When someone has logically defeated you, thank him for that. Celebrate it. And buy him a beer. For he has just done you a favor. 

See, he was passionate enough in the search for truth that he found a nugget of it. Perhaps an ugly, uncomfortable nugget of truth, but truth nevertheless. And he shared it with you. And in order to have any hope of knocking down the right brain barrier, he soon realized that he needed to put you into checkmate. 

It's often not personal. You needed to run out or shields, internal barriers, fallacies, to have any chance of understanding that nugget of truth. No guaranteee of success though. How many times did YOU walk away in disgust, calling him a "nutcase" or a "loon", while basking in the certitude of your belief, even though you have been bitchslapped in a logical exchange? Here's a warning sign: If you run out of ammo in an argument, and he's still hammering you with facts, and you resort to emotional arguments or insults, then you have been had, and had deeply by someone, or some group prior and they've fooled you far better than your ego could possibly accept. 

Time to look deep inside oneself and figure out what is causing you to cling to the belief that you refuse to let go of. 

So instead of being angy, thank him and be grateful that he has logically defeated you. For you have just had a wrong corrected in your mind, and whoever it was that made you viscerally uncomfortable and out of words cared enough about the truth to share it with you. 

No bullshit here. It wasn't you that he necessarily cared about. It is the dissemination of the truth that he's passionate for. But that shouldn't matter. If you need for people to care about you then you have deeper issues, or perhaps THAT is the key issue that acts as a barrier for truth. 

So you are both lucky and of good fortune. It is good to be logically defeated because from that comes enlightenment, and from enlightenment comes truth. That is indeed a great gift. 

Remember dear angry, emotionally defensive reader. You are ignorant. I am ignorant. In fact, we are all profoundly ignorant. There is no shame in admitting that. We simply cannot know everything with certainty. 

But there is intense shame, and folly, in denying it. You won't feel it. Hell, you're feeling anger and contempt. But those around you, that see the truth, feel a sense of shame for you. 

So thank the guy that destroys your next argument and leaves you feeling like an idiot. He has logically defeated you, and as a result, you may have learned something new about the world that no one else was capable of sharing, or had the tenacity to go toe-to-toe with you to share. 

I have learned to always thank someone for exposing wrong thinking in my mind, for he has given me one of the greatest of all gifts, objective truth. 




Tue, 06/17/2014 - 06:43 | 4864259 22winmag
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Psyops is largely bullshit, until you consider how many Americans bought the line about Iraqi soldiers stealing baby incubators from Kuwaiti hospitals.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:07 | 4864275 Quinvarius
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The first time you get caught in a lie, it stops working.  Sandy Hook...cough...  Credibility, like idiot Bush's Political Capital, is not a currency you spend.  It is the mountain you build your fort on.  Collapse the mountain and you collapse the fort.

Stupid people do what they want and pretend it was some kind of grand plan.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:20 | 4864292 prymythirdeye
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Almost every "event" involves huge amounts of psyops.  Fight your cognitive dissonance and visit  Prepare to get your mind blown.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:44 | 4864313 Frankie Carbone
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At first glance that site struck me as a Honeypot. 

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:49 | 4864320 prymythirdeye
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Give it a chance, then make up your own mind.  I certainly relate to your scepticism but the stuff he talks about really resonates with me....and it makes sense, bottom line.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 09:20 | 4864558 d edwards
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"You can fool all of the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time." A. Lincoln


Don't you get sick and tired of being manipulated?

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 09:22 | 4864570 Lmo Mutton
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PSYOPS defense plan A:

Turn off the TV

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:41 | 4864951 pilager
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Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:56 | 4865016 SilverMoneyBags
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First of all, its PSYOP, not PSYOPS, there is no S. I served in the 5th psychological operation batallion from 2003 to 2007. Its a joke. Nobody knows what they are doing and we haven't been very effective. Its mostly 20 year old kids dicking around in photoshop who have no idea what is going on.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:26 | 4866822 prymythirdeye
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You're a fool but then again you probably know that since you signed up to "protect my freedoms."  It can be psyops by the way know-it-all because we; I'll speak for myself, I, am talking about psychological operations, plural, with a fucking s, not your worthless batallion that probably did sit around all day doing nothing.  You knuckleheads are not even close to the architects of these operations.  They originate much higher than your pay grade.  You're the distraction in the right hand while the shit is going down with the left hand.

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