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originally posted by: WhiteAlice
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: glend
If the trend in the level of commentary on ATS is over the past several years is any indication, I would have to agree.
I third the statement with the amendment of "the level of commentary in general as an indicator. Lessons in critical thinking has never been very prevalent in the educational system here. One of my professors asked one of my classes how many of us had ever had any form of critical thinking training and only myself and another raised our hands out of a class size of around 40.
Psychological operations (PSYOP) or, as it has been known since 2010, Military Information Support Operations (MISO) are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.
The purpose of United States psychological operations is to induce or reinforce behavior favorable to U.S. objectives. They are an important part of the range of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic activities available to the U.S. They can be utilized during both peacetime and conflict. There are three main types: strategic, operational, and tactical. Strategic PSYOP include informational activities conducted by the U.S. government agencies outside of the military arena, though many utilize Department of Defense (DOD) assets. Operational PSYOP are conducted across the range of military operations, including during peacetime, in a defined operational area to promote the effectiveness of the joint force commander's (JFC) campaigns and strategies. Tactical PSYOP are conducted in the area assigned to a tactical commander across the range of military operations to support the tactical mission against opposing forces.
originally posted by: AnteBellum
I wanted to add 'No Kidding' at the end of the title, but I don't like long titles either. And it's wrong anyway because it should include the NSA, DHS, DoD, NATO and all the other vast acronyms we have now.
This is an old video from 1975 that is another knot in the string to an never ending study of the corruption of the media. It is a tool used for propaganda, commercialism and manipulation through fear and other reaction triggering devices in us, at a subconscious level(sometimes even conscious ones).
I know it's an old video, but I think that makes a strong point in itself. If they were doing this in 1975 just imagine what is going on now! With the influx of information going in and coming out, one may not even realize the brainwashing that's occurring just through simple exposure to it all.
Stop the corral sheep!
And just to add this in, even though it's not part of the main topic, but runs parallel to it:
How do you change the laws surrounding gun control in our country? (take them away from honest law abiding citizens)
Well imagine if someone were to concoct a scheme similar in practice to church recruitment methods. "Get 'em while they're young" comes to mind. When I was in school saying the word 'gun' was not a bad thing, but not any more. Playing cops and robbers was not bad either, but that has been trended out also now. Even so much as pointing your finger at someone, can get you expelled these days!
On a subconscious and even conscious level that is CONDITIONING. What makes it even worse is the fact that these are young children being conditioned to believe guns are bad, when in truth sick people are the villains. Guess what they will most likely grow up believing?
Well how did it all get that way. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook - these things are not new events, but what is new is the coverage they received due to mass media. And because of this coverage - this FEAR, movements, demonstrations, laws became easy targets for a more nefarious agenda. An agenda that is yet to reveal itself. . .
Here is a wiki link on USA school shooting from 1760 to today:
Wiki on US School Shootings
You be the judge of it. . . AB
originally posted by: Lilroanie
Phage (and others) here are your "critical" thinkers in training,
And here is the finished product
And even in College, whoo hoo!
I can just imagine one of these kids going on a job interview in the real world. Not. On the other hand I CAN imagine these kids showing up for their government assigned tasks for the day and following orders like good little drones. And this is Common Core and our new "improved" educational system that all schools must eventually follow if they want Fed funding, in action.
I can almost understand the younger kids learning like this but it should be fazed out and over by 3rd grade at the latest NOT just starting then imo.
I'm so grateful my daughter is 23 and an excellent critical thinker and does not take BS from anyone. She'd be getting home-schooled (for as long as they continue to allow it anyway) if she was younger.
The other issue is "No Child Left Behind". Umm hello there ARE people out there better than you and all our "touchy feely oh I'm so awesome kids" that we have this generation (give or take) are going to be good little worker bees and follow orders for that praise they have been conditioned to expect and receive. They expect everything handed to them as a right not as something they worked for and earned by being better, smarter, faster, whatever.
Can't read? No problem, you'll be a perfect janitor, trash hauler or *insert menial job here*. Can't do math? It's ok we have a job for you too! You get the idea.
If we seriously fantasize that nothing is wrong in our world, not just the USA, then we are the problem, not the Powers That Be because they can only take away what freedoms and experiences and life that we allow them to. If parents started actually, you know, parenting, there would be a lot less of this crap imho.