Sunday, October 15, 2006

Poisoning the Well and Cutting the Cheese

Two highly effective forms of disinformation are spreading crazy theories and acting in a crazy manner.

Poisoning the Well

Most of us have heard the term "poisoning the well" in connection with false 9/11 theories. If you haven't, the idea is that people trying to discredit the 9/11 movement will intentionally spread false theories to discredit everyone who questions 9/11.

Spreading theories that are obviously nutty right-out-of-the box paints the entire movement with a negative color. But other theories that may at first appear to be attractive -- but are flawed or based on incomplete evidence and so can be definitively debunked by the government at a later time -- can also end up pulling the rug out from the entire 9/11 truth movement.

Many 9/11 activists have assumed that the well-poisoners are so small in number that they are not very effective. However, some of these people might have, right after 9/11 , started sending emails and making phone calls to congress critters, reporters and other high-powered people bombarding them with crazy theories, so as to poison the well from the start. In other words, these folks might have been a lot more effective than any of us have realized in poisoning the well. (I am not excusing the congress critters, reporters, etc. for failing to do their job).

Cutting the Cheese

I've recently come to believe there is a related disinformation tactic which I'll call "cutting the cheese". To continue with this humorous but unsavory analogy (I apologize for its crudeness), people can be driven away from a seminar, party or other gathering if someone really cuts the cheese.

I have run across some characters in the last couple of years who are self-proclaimed 9/11 truth activists, but who are so crazy, sleazy, slimy and plain old weird that everyone just wants to get away from them. I'm not talking about people who have less-than-ideal social skills, or who are nerdy, or who are not in the right clique. I'm talking about people who threaten to kill others, or who dress like homeless people, who accuse effective 9/11 activists of being terrorists, who yell loudly and disrupt 9/11 truth gatherings, who throw rocks at peaceful rallies, or who put out videos on you tube showing Satan and Godzilla and other bizarre images while the sound track talks about 9/11.

I have come to believe that these kind of people are paid to "cut the cheese" and "clear out the room". Newbies to 9/11 truth who run across these folks are going to want to steer clear of them, and anything associated with them. Because these folks are many newbies first introduction to 9/11 truth, they will just stay away from anything having to do with 9/11 truth.

Poisoning the well means spreading theories which are crazy. Cutting the cheese means acting in a crazy manner. They are related, but separate, forms of disruption.

Have you had any experience with well-poisoners or cheese-cutters? If so, you know what I mean. If not, keep these tactics in mind so that you will know them when you see them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Article idea:

The nature of the red pill.
The red pill is not a secret that you can take and then suddenly you see everything differently.

for me the red pill was more like eating green olives. I used to hate them, but I tried one again one day, then another and another. It's an acquired taste.

You can't simply wake up one day or wake someone up. It's a long process, where you have to have some hunger for it.

Once you have the taste, you strive for more.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:11 PM  
Blogger Oberststuhlherr said...

"YT, Col Jenny Sparks, Simuvac, Medicis, Victronix, Arabesque." Nail on he head. For whatever reason, the above named individuals appear to act in concert in order to thwart genuine efforts to discover and reveal the truth. Oh, and "Arabesque" if anonymity isn't an issue, then why where you so concerned about my employment history going back over a decade?

9:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I wish I agreed with all of your posts as much as I agree with this one.

9:09 AM  

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