Inventing Enemies – The Season Of The Witch

Hate Cult  Brought Back To Life To Terrorize, Degrade, Town –  Social Cannibalism – Rabbits Running In The Ditch

Inventing Enemies = Witch Craft = Fringe Science

In Georgia, reaction to KKK banner is a sign of the times

March 12 at 6:15 PM

The mayor was still home when his phone started ringing. The reverend was still down with the flu when he began getting one message after another. Valerie Fambrough had just dropped off her daughters at day care when she heard.

“Have you seen the sign in the square?” a parent asked her on a cold morning three weeks ago. “There’s a Ku Klux Klan sign in the town square.”

And, in fact, there was. Just past the old brick courthouse and across the street from candy stores and antique shops, a large rectangular banner was screwed tight into the cracked wood siding of a long-vacant building on East Main Street. “Historic Ku Klux Klan Meeting Hall,” it said.

It had a cartoonish drawing of a white-sheeted person raising a hand. In addition, there was a Confederate battle flag at one corner of the building and a red flag with a white cross and the letters KKK at the other. They were fluttering in the wind blowing across Dahlonega, and what happened next would become one more pocket of America dealing with a disturbing incident at a time when hate crimes have been on the rise and new brands of white nationalism have been making a comeback across the country.

In Upstate New York, the home of a Jewish man was spray-painted with swastikas. In Virginia, fliers were distributed in several neighborhoods with the words, “Make America WHITE again-and greatness will follow.” In Colorado, two typewritten notes that read “WERE GONNA BLOW UP ALL OF YOU REFUGEES,” were left at a community center serving mainly Muslim immigrants. Now whatever was happening in other parts of the country seemed to have arrived in Dahlonega.

The mayor got dressed and headed for the square. The reverend called the sheriff. Fambrough recalled how she hurried over to see for herself, saying “No, no, not here,” the whole way, and “Hell, no,” until she was there, alone, staring at the banner.

She was a white 37-year-old mother of two, a program specialist in the biology department at the University of North Georgia who called Dahlonega a “sweet, loving town” and had never protested anything in her life. Now she felt her anger rising. She remembered the flip-chart paper in her trunk left over from a presentation a month before and made two signs — “Not in my town,” she wrote, and “Love Lives Here” — then got out and stood in her sandals holding them.

She was freezing. The square was still quiet, with all the shops closed. She scanned the windows across the street to see if someone was watching. She planned which way she would run if something happened. Cars passed, and she scrutinized each face.

A woman shook her head and kept going.

A man gave her a thumbs-up.

A woman called out of her window, “Did you put that sign up?” and Fambrough said “No, no!” and then Bridget Kahn parked, got out, and now there were the two of them.

A woman in a red minivan stopped and yelled “Y’all are angry! You’re angry, angry people!” and drove off.

A black pickup truck parked across the street, and a muscular man got out, and a reporter from the local paper who’d just arrived told the women it was Chester Doles, a former leader in the Klan and a white-separatist group called the National Alliance who had gone to prison on federal weapons charges. He lived just outside town and was currently a personal trainer who also worked promoting “hate rock” concerts around the country. He pulled out a cellphone and began taking photographs. He said something to the women, but they couldn’t hear.

“What’s that, sir?” Kahn called out, and the women heard him say something about how “glorious” it was to see such a sign in the light of day, and then he drove off, even as more people were arriving — white-haired locals, college students and others who said they were appalled; a Native American man who brought a ladder and tried to rip the banner down; a white man who argued the KKK banner and flag should come down but not the Confederate battle flag; a young black man who stood there crying.

Here came the mayor and the sheriff trying to figure out what was going on.

Here came two pickup trucks circling the square, revving their engines. The woman in the red minivan returned, honking her horn and seeming to veer too close to the protesters.

A school bus passed, and now Fambrough was crying as the town dispatched a cherry picker to the scene, and workers began ratcheting out the first of 21 screws holding the banner in place.

Another truck arrived, this one belonging to a local roofing company and plastered with Confederate logos, and several workers climbed on the roof and began removing the flags.

And that was how the banner came down, and the flags came down, and all the rest began.

***

All over town that first day, people kept saying this was not the Dahlonega they knew.

“Our little pocket of loveliness” is how one resident described the former gold mining town an hour north of Atlanta, known for its redbrick square lined with antique shops and wine tasting rooms. It was the seat of Lumpkin County, which did not have the reputation for racial violence that many other north Georgia counties did, though no one disputed that there were probably Klan members scattered around. It was overwhelmingly white and Republican, though Dahlonega itself was home to a small, deeply rooted, black population, and had in recent years attracted a more liberal crowd who considered themselves part of the progressive South.

Now, though, all anyone could talk about was what happened in the town square.

Even before the last screw came out of the banner, photos of it were appearing all over social media with captions like “WTF, Dahlonega?” and people began speculating about who did it.

Maybe it was a college prank. Maybe it was an outsider. Maybe it really was the Klan, a relic coming back to life. In an area that voted heavily for Donald Trump, speculation began that the whole thing was the work of anti-Trump activists, and when she got home, Fambrough went online and saw that people were accusing her of putting up the banner, saying she was part of the “alt-left.”

By evening, though, people had found out who was really responsible: It was one of their own, an 84-year-old white woman named Roberta Green-Garrett, the owner of the building in question who lives in a brick mansion with four white columns on a hill overlooking the town.

(Yes, an 84 year old woman managed to enturbulate the entire town and part of the country through various third parties and straw men)

Offering no explanation and declining to speak with reporters, she had told town officials that she had allowed the banner to go up and might try to put it up again. She had been seeking permission to build a hotel on the square, and people speculated that it was all an audacious ploy to embarrass the town into approving her plans.

(Of course, her premise for enturbulating the entire town and part of the country was a lie)

“An isolated case of Mrs. Green,” is how the mayor, Gary McCullough, described it, saying that there was no evidence the building was ever used by the Klan and that he hoped people would move on.

For many people, though, it was too late for that. The point wasn’t who did it. The point was that it had happened, and whatever it had unleashed was taking on a life of its own.

As day two began, a local Unitarian church was organizing a “unity march” for later that afternoon.

Fambrough heard and began calling her friends. “It’s about showing people that they have nothing to be afraid of in our town!” she told them.

More calls were made, including one to the minister, John Webb, a former town council member who is black, who had heard by then who had done it, which didn’t make it less worrying to him. He said he had noticed more pickup trucks roaring around during the presidential campaign, Confederate battle flags flying — “Guys I know,” he said, “saying ‘the South will rise again’ and all that stuff” — and that regardless of why the banner went up, “It’s very possible it could boomerang into something bigger than it is.”

He was 72, a veteran of the civil rights struggle still sick from the flu, but he was going, and he called others to go, too, and as word spread about the coming demonstration, so did a parallel set of rumors.

The KKK was coming. The neo-Nazis were coming. Black Lives Matter was coming. Fambrough heard that a so-called antifascist group from Atlanta was coming and began feeling sick imagining windows being smashed and businesses being torched. The sheriff called for backup and readied a plan in case a riot or something worse was about to happen in Dahlonega.

In the late afternoon, people began rallying around the square, waving signs.

“Not OKKK America,” one said. “Dahlonega Loves Y’all,” read another, and “Really, Roberta?”

People honked horns in support. A local fiddler came. A member of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls came and everybody sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Soon, several pickup trucks arrived, revving their engines and circling the square, with Confederate battle flags and Make America Great Again flags flying. When a protester started yelling at one of them, Fambrough yelled at the protester, “Don’t make assumptions!”

By the third day, events began taking another turn.

“More s— stirrers!” someone posted online about the protesters. “You all are the ones that are going to ruin that town and jobs will be lost!!! Good job, morons!!”

“All crybabies jump on board!” wrote someone else.

“Let it go,” a woman posted.

But people were not letting it go.

“It’s like a certain political climate has opened up,” said Paul Dunlap, a professor at the university, sitting at the end of the fifth day around a fire with friends at Shenanigans pub on the square. An openly gay man, he said he had never experienced any kind of bigotry in his two decades in Dahlonega.

“I think it’s a good idea not to be naive,” said Deb Rowe, the pub’s owner, and now they started talking about Chester Doles, who sometimes came in for a beer at the bar. Someone had noticed that on the building where the banner had been, inside a locked glass case near the door, there was a flier for Doles’s personal training services, showing him oiled up and smiling in full bodybuilder pose.

“Is this indicative of something bigger?” said Dunlap. “Like, do they think they have a voice?”

“I think Roberta’s using the national polarization against us all,” said Jeremy Sharp, a white student at the university who was organizing a boycott of her businesses, which included two buildings she rented out to antique dealers, several hundred units of student housing, and a Holiday Inn Express.

“A peaceable revolution,” Sharp said at a news conference on the sixth day as residents crowded into a small room at the university to hear.

“A few days ago, we had an obtuse sign put up,” he began. “When I walked out and saw that, it scared me. It scared me as a Catholic. It scared me as a person who has friends who look different than me. We are here because we are afraid.”

People clapped and cheered as Sharp began explaining a plan to withhold rent from Green-Garrett and barrage Holiday Inn’s corporate offices with phone calls, which would lead the hotel chain’s parent company, IHG, to issue a statement saying that they had “expressed our concerns” to Green-Garrett and that “This is not the type of activity that we want any of our brands associated with.” As Sharp kept talking, two Dahlonega council members arrived, explaining that they were only there to get “the public sentiment.”

“So, no comment?” a young woman yelled at them.

“The only comment I’ll make is that the KKK does not represent the values of this town,” one of the men said.

“Then why’d you vote for it? Why’d you vote for it?” the woman yelled, getting more upset, and even though there was never such a vote, some people began cheering her on.

“Let’s keep this civil! They did not vote for that sign!” said another young woman trying to quiet the room, but emotions were high.

A man said that the KKK had recently applied unsuccessfully to take part in the Adopt-A-Highway program in a neighboring county. A woman said she was worried about “all the undertones of hate being brought out of the woodwork.”

“I’m very concerned,” said Daniel Blackman, a former state Senate candidate who was the first black person ever to run for office from nearby Forsyth County, which has a long history of violence against blacks and was until the late 1980s known as a “whites only” county. “Whether it’s a stunt or whether Ms. Garrett really feels that way, the fact is there are children here that might be threatened or afraid and we’ve got to get ahead of it. The last thing you want to see is someone crazy enough to do something stupid.”

Soon, the meeting ended, and as everyone was heading out into the cold Dahlonega night, an older white man, trying to be sensitive, said to Blackman, “Be careful.”

The next morning, all of this was the topic of North Georgia talk radio, and the host was taking callers. A woman named Sharon was on the line.

“It’s not just fake news, it’s a fake agenda,” she began, and explained that the banner might have been part of an elaborate plot not only to create chaos in Dahlonega, but also to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump and ultimately, the nation.

She knew all of this, she said, because she had gone online and discovered a website for a group with locations across the country — including in Dahlonega — that was made up of “former congressional staffers working for the previous administration. They are supporting the impeachment. They support open borders. They are supporting Obamacare. They are promoting disruption at town halls — I call it bullying — and they have a potential for violence.

“I hope everyone is aware that this type of activity — I call it subversion, with a fake narrative — is taking root in the area,” she continued, and meanwhile, in Dahlonega, another new development was unfolding.

Over at town hall, an assistant to Green-Garrett was filing paperwork for a new sign permit.

“Size of sign: 4×6.”

“Material of sign: wood (painted).”

“Color of sign: Gold with Black Lettering.”

“How sign will be attached to wall: Screwed.”

It was an application to make the sign permanent. It would say, “Historic Ku Klux Klan Meeting Hall,” and that was how the seventh day ended.

***

And then, two days after that, the application was withdrawn.

Green-Garrett issued her first statement since unleashing all of this eight days before, saying that she had been trying to get a hotel built only to “meet opposition at every turn.” “I have no other motivation other than to bring businesses and tax revenue to the city,” her statement said. “I want to move forward and do something positive for the city of Dahlonega.”

(Say what?  The source of the lie and all of the upset said her purpose was a good one!  She wanted to do something positive!)

She said nothing about the KKK banner, and when she was reached by phone at her winter home in Florida, she said “no comment” and hung up.

(Oh did I mention, she is staying in Florida.  Far far away from the disturbance she created!  Sunning and feeling justifiably smug. Typical.)

At her real estate office in a worn-out strip mall on the edge of town, her assistant, Barbara Bridges, said the banner was there, rolled up and stored in a closet.

The town issued an official statement saying that “Dahlonega is a welcoming community for people of diverse backgrounds” and that “recent episodes are not indicative of a change in our character or philosophy.”

The students called off the boycott and declared victory.

And now it was a sunny afternoon on the town square.

People were stopping by the candy shop, or wandering down the aisles of antique shops where Kenny G was playing through the speakers, or eating a sandwich across from the building where a KKK banner had been.

“Yeah, it’s the site of one of the last major gold rushes,” a man standing on the square said to a woman, explaining what he knew about Dahlonega.

“Do you have this in a large?” a woman asked at a T-shirt shop.

Reverend Webb, home this afternoon, said he was heartened to see how so many people had taken a stand. “Dahlonega is a sacred place for everybody,” he said.

At the same time, he said, the episode was not simply about the banner. To him, it was about a banner that had appeared after an election in which the new president had said certain things that had appealed to white nationalists and other hatemongers, whether he intended to or not, opening the door to events that could spiral out of control.

“The atmosphere he’s created in America today has caused people to think they have some kind of power again,” he said. “I thought that before, and I still do.”

Doles, who was out driving in his truck, said he agreed with this assessment. He had been on the way home from the gym when he first saw the banner and the flags, he said, and thought to himself, “It’s been a long time coming.” He said he had recently raised his own flag for the first time in years — the American one, because he finally feels pleased with the direction of the country.

“In the last 50 years, I didn’t think we had the votes to elect a governor, much less a president,” Doles said. “And yet here we are today.”

All of this was what worried Valerie Fambrough, sitting outside at a coffee shop on the pleasant afternoon. She felt good about all the people, including Trump supporters, who had come out to “proclaim a message of love.” She felt unsettled that some people thought she was part of an alt-left agenda. It all felt like the beginning of something, not the end.

“I’m just scared these days,” she said, even though the banner was no longer anywhere in sight.

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An interesting read, Peter Begbergal’s book, Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock ‘n’ Roll. The title is based on the excellent Donovan song of the same name from 1966.

Truth be told, by the time the “Spitfire Boys” of Liverpool,  (later known as, “The White Brothers” ) were recording Mein Kampf in Germany, Rock and Roll had been totally perverted into a tool to disturb and restimulate others.

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Incidentally, As Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Grows Globally, Hitler’s Mein Kampf Sells Record Numbers.

Someone else, is currently obsessed with Eva Braun. At least, he is using art and photography now to disturb, degrade and humiliate people, and labeling it “Eva Braun”.

Folk elect to cast dark spells each and every day.  The same tools you may use to bring pleasure, hope, laughter, promise, insight, and beauty to the world.  Can be used by someone else to torment, disturb, denigrate, humiliate, torture and disturb others.

It is not about the tool. It is about the purpose of the person, holding the tool.

The KKK was founded in 1865.  The KKK was actually politics.  Yep, people that never carried a civic duty or responsibility in their life, engaged in terrorist raids against African Americans and white Republicans at night, employing intimidation, destruction of property, assault, and murder to achieve its aims and influence upcoming elections.

Most hate groups do start up with people who want to play politics in the shadows or small scale.  They do not actually want to have to show up at a desk at 9:00 a.m. where they are accountable to serve someone.  Or have to rely on votes.  They are enforced upon humanity from the shadows.

Hitler’s motives were every bit political.  He wanted the applause and the power.  Art and wealth.

Hitler came into power in 1933.  More than half a century after the KKK.  Same thing, bigger swing.

It is 2017,  152 years beyond our first domestic terrorist group.  And here we are, some of us, running wild again in the joy of witch hunts.

One Trick Pony.

Ten thousand years from now,  it will still be here.  This anti symbiotic malevolent force.

I have come to view it as a necessary evil.   You may never find out who you really are, until the malevolent violates you right down to your last particle of tolerance.  And you are forced to expand so far beyond it, it no longer has a negative effect.  It gets tilled out of your space by other more potent forces.

But do, find out who they really are. It is just another flow on knowing.

Why should you feel bad when someone has become your enemy, if they have never crossed your path, come face to face with you, been harmed by you, and you have done them no dis service?  You do not always create your own enemies. Often, they are created by other people.  Keep the math straight.  When people in foreign countries are your enemy, people you have never touched or met,  that is someone else’s doing.  And there are people who are wholly devoted to inventing enemies. This is their product and exchange with the world.  They are just dimmer switches. And what good have they done for the person they have pushed down into an enemy condition?  None. Their victims subjects are just more and more out of ARC with the world and the people in it.

Two groups in the U.S. right now desperate for a license to attack and abuse others, have taken Trump’s anti Muslim ban and converted it into a license to stalk and harass members of the Nation Of Islam.   Fortunately,  that group is on high alert.  And what have they done to harm anyone?  Nothing.  But other people are inventing enemies for them!

It is the same old craft. Injustice.

 

Hate Groups – Hate Speech – Inventing Enemies.

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I have alluded to this recently and I came across this article this morning, which more or less substantiates my reckoning.  This includes gang stalking under hate groups and cyber and media cults.

There are people  wholly dedicated and obsessed with purposes to harm attack and suppress others. As we peel the onion on social intercourse and social science,  people are becoming more aware of this ill will and the mental disorders behind it.  And less people are becoming the effect of it.

The good news is, most people in society find bullying repelling, naturally.  We are looking at a very small minority of the population,  that eventually gets tilled under by the forces of those working to help their fellow man and brighten the world with good will and symbiotic creativity .

You reap what you sow, that’s biblical intelligence.

I’ve explored the underbelly of existence from every angle.  It is all being created, just like a  beautiful song is created.  The people I felt the most empathy for, in their times of loss,  sooner or later,  unfolded as the plague  they complained  the most of.  More than willing to manifest in every way, the very things they protest against.  It is all a hall of mirrors.

Some folk are on a dedicated mission to live unhappily ever after.  And they wish for others to experience the same losses and misery they have. I do get it.  Minimum creation, maximum destruction.

Plenty of dogs running to dig in the dirt for bones. I’m no longer curious about the dark side, and the people parked there.  It is a way of life for some people. To set other people up for losses,  and remain parked in an enemy condition or below, 24/7.  Day after day, week after week. Year after year. Life after life. Game after game. Group after group.   It’s not for everyone.  It is a purpose.  And it is all on purpose.

We accept this as “natural” when we view it in the animal kingdom. Stalking, hunting, attacking.   If you take away the  idea  that humans are not part of the animal kingdom,  they even fit in nature.  It is just a part of nature.  There are no constants.  People either evolve or devolve.  Just like every other species.  We are a part of the animal kingdom, up to a certain point.  The animal kingdom is no stranger to cannibalism, which often manifests itself in brutally merciless ways.

Cannibalism may be a major human taboo, but it’s surprisingly common in the animal kingdom.  Why wouldn’t you find people manifesting as animals?  When soldiers are trained in this regard, and can shape shift into this mind set.

And it is no secret that some animals are kinder, more trustworthy, and better company than humans.

One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.  You can see this for yourself in almost every country.

 

Brave Computer Scientists Peered Into The Brains Of Internet Trolls

by Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-MizilJustin ChengMichael Bernstein

Fail at life. Go bomb yourself.”

Comments like this one, found on a CNN article about how women perceive themselves, are prevalent today across the internet, whether it’s Facebook, Reddit or a news website. Such behavior can range from profanity and name-calling to personal attacks, sexual harassment or hate speech.

But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?

A recent Pew Internet Survey found that four out of 10 people online have been harassed online, with far more having witnessed such behavior. Trolling has become so rampant that several websites have even resorted to completely removing comments.

Many believe that trolling is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopathic individuals. This belief has been reinforced not only in the media, but also in past research on trolling, which focused on interviewing these individuals. Some studies even showed that trolls have predisposing personal and biological traits, such as sadism and a propensity to seek excessive stimulation.

But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me? In our research, we found that people can be influenced to troll others under the right circumstances in an online community. By analyzing 16 million comments made on CNN.com and conducting an online controlled experiment, we identified two key factors that can lead ordinary people to troll.

What makes a troll?

We recruited 667 participants through an online crowd sourcing platform and asked them to first take a quiz, then read an article and engage in discussion. Every participant saw the same article, but some were given a discussion that had started with comments by trolls, where others saw neutral comments instead. Here, trolling was defined using standard community guidelines—for example, name-calling, profanity, racism or harassment. The quiz given beforehand was also varied to either be easy or difficult.

Our analysis of comments on CNN.com helped to verify and extend these experimental observations.

The first factor that seems to influence trolling is a person’s mood. In our experiment, people put into negative moods (by button pushing, gaslighting and restimulation) were much more likely to start trolling. We also discovered that trolling ebbs and flows with the time of day and day of week, in sync with natural human mood patterns. Trolling is most frequent late at night, and least frequent in the morning. Trolling also peaks on Monday, at the beginning of the work week.

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Moreover, we discovered that a negative mood can persist beyond the events that brought about those feelings. Suppose that a person participates in a discussion where other people wrote troll comments. If that person goes on to participate in an unrelated discussion, they are more likely to troll in that discussion too.

The second factor is the context of a discussion. If a discussion begins with a “troll comment,” then it is twice as likely to be trolled by other participants later on, compared to a discussion that does not start with a troll comment.

In fact, these troll comments can add up. The more troll comments in a discussion, the more likely that future participants will also troll the discussion. Altogether, these results show how the initial comments in a discussion set a strong, lasting precedent for later trolling.

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We wondered if, by using these two factors, we could predict when trolling would occur. Using machine learning algorithms, we were able to forecast whether a person was going to troll about 80 percent of the time.

Interestingly, mood and discussion context were together a much stronger indicator of trolling than identifying specific individuals as trolls. In other words, trolling is caused more by the person’s environment than any inherent trait.

When online discussions break down, it’s not just sociopaths who are to blame.

Since trolling is situational, and ordinary people can be influenced to troll, such behavior can end up spreading from person to person. A single troll comment in a discussion—perhaps written by a person who woke up on the wrong side of the bed—can lead to worse moods among other participants, and even more troll comments elsewhere. As this negative behavior continues to propagate, trolling can end up becoming the norm in communities if left unchecked.

Fighting back

Despite these sobering results, there are several ways this research can help us create better online spaces for public discussion.

By understanding what leads to trolling, we can now better predict when trolling is likely to happen. This can let us identify potentially contentious discussions ahead of time and preemptively alert moderators, who can then intervene in these aggressive situations.

Machine learning algorithms can also sort through millions of posts much more quickly than any human. By training computers to spot trolling behavior, we can identify and filter undesirable content with much greater speed.

Social interventions can also reduce trolling. If we allow people to retract recently posted comments, then we may be able to minimize regret from posting in the heat of the moment. Altering the context of a discussion, by prioritizing constructive comments, can increase the perception of civility. Even just pinning a post about a community’s rules to the top of discussion pages helps, as a recent experimentconducted on Reddit showed.

If a discussion begins with a ‘troll comment,’ then it is twice as likely to be trolled by other participants later on.

Nonetheless, there’s lots more work to be done to address trolling. Understanding the role of organized trolling can limit some types of undesirable behavior.

Trolling also can differ in severity, from swearing to targeted bullying, which necessitates different responses.

It’s also important to differentiate the impact of a troll comment from the author’s intent: Did the troll mean to hurt others, or was he or she just trying to express a different viewpoint? This can help separate undesirable individuals from those who just need help communicating their ideas.

When online discussions break down, it’s not just sociopaths who are to blame. We are also at fault. Many “trolls” are just people like ourselves who are having a bad day. Understanding that we’re responsible for both the inspiring and depressing conversations we have online is key to having more productive online discussions.

Jure Leskovec at Stanford University also contributed to this article.

Justin Cheng, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, Stanford UniversityCristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Assistant Professor of Information Science, Cornell University, and Michael Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Justin Cheng receives funding from Microsoft Research and Stanford University.

Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil receives funding from a Google Faculty Research Award.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Gaslighting – The Current Method Of Civil Wars In The Scientology/ Anti Scientology Arena.

 

The “Truth Rundown” is gaslighting.

The purpose of the auditor’s code is to avoid gaslighting.

The Sea Organization has been gaslighting  it’s staff and members for decades. This is not mental health, and it is malevolent.

The military uniforms of the Sea Organization was gaslighting in itself.  Many imagined they were looking at a military authority instead of a homeless person resigned to a nightly bed at the pleasure of the Sea Organization government.

People that are victims of this gaslighting shape shift into malevolent beings. And they have reason and right to fight back. Upon the person or group that assaulted them in this manner.  It is a form of spiritual rape.

What they do not have a right to do, is become copies of their aggressors. And create new victims.  Especially innocent bystanders. Harm stalk bully degrade humiliate their fellow man.

The creepy dark messages hitting my lines, and the people close to me, are gaslighting.

In the universe everywhere, honest people have rights too.

You are the citizen of a country, hopefully, where your rights can be protected. You have recourse in other countrys for restraining orders against people violating your rights, the rights of your children that depend on you, your career and name. You have a right to notice the truth and point it out to other people.  And you have a right to fight back also when injustice is heaped upon you, and the gaslighting has gotten thick.

And you have the right to heap back injustice in every way, on those that serve it up to you. If this is the method of weapon being used against you.

That said, I have been around to watch the end of those those provoked into that dark magic.  And you become that which was so repelling and anti humanity.

And you will come to loath yourself.  Cteating to destroy is anti art.  It is not creating at all.

The best way to divorce yourself  from malevolent  forces, is to not imitate it. Because the mimicker is a flatterer.  You honor those you imitate.  And that is a contribution to injustice when you honor, those that have done you a dis service.

The creepy, malevolent, insidious gaslighting, is part of an identity that is a wide departure from all things spiritual and aesthetic. And is repelling to the Gods. And eventually, will manifest as repelling to other human beings.

The next cycle leaves you up for selection in the animal kingdom. To hunt and be hunted. And if you look at this social intercourse, some humans are already living in that mode and warming up for the future.

I have different interests. I do not care to manifest on Earth under the same terms and conditions, identity, as an aggressive fish.  Cannibalism,  sadism and masochism.  I love the animals, but I need access to other tools, forms, paths and opportunities.

I am not part of the hunted or hunting. Please remove me from your list. If I am there, a wrong item has been added to your list.

Know thyself.  And I do.

Delphic maxims

 Additional lines as found in inscribed on different stones or papyrus sources:

 Obey the virtuous

Live without sorrow

Avoid the unjust

Testify what is right

Control pleasure

Praise virtue

Train your relatives

Believe in time

Receive for the pleasure

Prostrate before the divine

Do not boast in might.

Use the one who has the same interests as you.

Be embarrassed to lie

If you believe in something do not be scared to act for it

Be firm on what has been agreed

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

 

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1. The Gossip

  • “Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Gossipers derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes. It might be fun to peer into somebody else’s personal or professional faux pas at first, but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross, and hurts other people. There are too many positives out there and too much to learn from interesting people to waste your time talking about the misfortune of others.

 

2. The Temperamental

  • Some people have absolutely no control over their emotions. They will lash out at you and project their feelings onto you, all the while thinking that you’re the one causing their malaise. Temperamental people are tough to dump from your life because their lack of control over their emotions makes you feel bad for them. When push comes to shove though, temperamental people will use you as their emotional toilet and should be avoided at all costs.

 

3. The Victim

  • Victims are tough to identify because you initially empathize with their problems. But as time passes, you begin to realize that their “time of need” is all the time. Victims actively push away any personal responsibility by making every speed bump they encounter into an uncrossable mountain. They don’t see tough times as opportunities to learn and grow from; instead, they see them as an out. There’s an old saying: “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” It perfectly captures the toxicity of the victim, who chooses to suffer every time.

 

4. The Self-Absorbed

  • Self-absorbed people bring you down through the impassionate distance they maintain from other people. You can usually tell when you’re hanging around self-absorbed people because you start to feel completely alone. This happens because as far as they’re concerned, there’s no point in having a real connection between them and anyone else. You’re merely a tool used to build their self-esteem.

 

5. The Envious

  • To envious people, the grass is always greener somewhere else. Even when something great happens to envious people, they don’t derive any satisfaction from it. This is because they measure their fortune against the world’s when they should be deriving their satisfaction from within. And let’s face it, there’s always someone out there who’s doing better if you look hard enough. Spending too much time around envious people is dangerous because they teach you to trivialize your own accomplishments.
 

6. The Manipulator

  • Manipulators suck time and energy out of your life under the façade of friendship. They can be tricky to deal with because they treat you like a friend. They know what you like, what makes you happy, and what you think is funny, but the difference is that they use this information as part of a hidden agenda. Manipulators always want something from you, and if you look back on your relationships with them, it’s all take, take, take, with little or no giving. They’ll do anything to win you over just so they can work you over.

7. The Dementor

  • In J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, Dementors are evil creatures that suck people’s souls out of their bodies, leaving them merely as shells of humans. Whenever a Dementor enters the room, it goes dark, people get cold, and they begin to recall their worst memories. Rowling said that she developed the concept for Dementors based on highly negative people—the kind of people who have the ability to walk into a room and instantly suck the life out of it.
  • Dementors suck the life out of the room by imposing their negativity and pessimism upon everyone they encounter. Their viewpoints are always glass half empty, and they can inject fear and concern into even the most benign situations. A Notre Dame University study found that students assigned to roommates who thought negatively were far more likely to develop negative thinking and even depression themselves.

8. The Twisted

  • There are certain toxic people who have bad intentions, deriving deep satisfaction from the pain and misery of others. They are either out to hurt you, to make you feel bad, or to get something from you; otherwise, they have no interest in you. The only good thing about this type is that you can spot their intentions quickly, which makes it that much faster to get them out of your life.

 

9. The Judgmental

  • Judgmental people are quick to tell you exactly what is and isn’t cool. They have a way of taking the thing you’re most passionate about and making you feel terrible about it. Instead of appreciating and learning from people who are different from them, judgmental people look down on others. Judgmental people stifle your desire to be a passionate, expressive person, so you’re best off cutting them out and being yourself.

10. The Arrogant

  • Arrogant people are a waste of your time because they see everything you do as a personal challenge. Arrogance is false confidence, and it always masks major insecurities. A University of Akron study found that arrogance is correlated with a slew of problems in the workplace. Arrogant people tend to be lower performers, more disagreeable, and have more cognitive problems than the average person.

 

How to Protect Yourself Once You Spot ’Em

  • Toxic people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it—their behavior truly goes against reason, so why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix?
  • The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally, and approach your interactions with them like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink if you prefer that analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.
  • Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.
  • Most people feel as though because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve identified a toxic person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when and where you don’t. You can establish boundaries, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you’re bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to cross them, which they will.

 

 

 

SURVIVING GASLIGHTING – Throwing People Into Doubt and Confusion with wrong whos, whys whats whens and hows.

Thereby, disabling you.  To the extent someone can park you into a lower condition of doubt, with self.  The KEYWORDS here are, “YOUR OWN PERCEPTION OF REALITY” (Not theirs) .
Often, if someone feels they can not push your buttons or restimulate you,  they will move over into the gaslighting lane and take it from there.
They have really got another person wrapped around a pole when they can restimulate them and gaslight them at the same time.
It is not only about planting false information, it is about with holding correct or valuable information, and misinforming.
With the rise of social media and the Internet, YouTube, you don’t even have to have a person in front of you, just their blog or web site, to be gaslighted.
 
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Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets or their connections, question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

A form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity. The classic example of gaslighting is to switch something around on someone that you know they’re sure to notice, but then deny knowing anything about it, and to explain that they “must be imagining things” when they challenge these changes.

A more psychological definition of gaslighting is “an increasing frequency of systematically withholding factual information from, and/or providing false information to, the victim – having the gradual effect of making them anxious, confused, and less able to trust their own memory and perception.

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Gaslighting: Know It and Identify It to Protect Yourself

Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power. And it works too well.
Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.

People who gaslight typically use the following techniques:

1. They tell blatant lies.

You know it’s an outright lie. Yet they are telling you this lie with a straight face. Why are they so blatant? Because they’re setting up a precedent. Once they tell you a huge lie, you’re not sure if anything they say is true. Keeping you unsteady and off-kilter is the goal.

2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof. 

You know they said they would do something; you know you heard it. But they out and out deny it. It makes you start questioning your reality—maybe they never said that thing. And the more they do this, the more you question your reality and start accepting theirs.

3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition. 

They know how important your kids are to you, and they know how important your identity is to you. So those may be one of the first things they attack. note: overtly and covertly – If you have kids, they tell you that you should not have had those children. They will tell you’d be a worthy person if only you didn’t have a long list of negative traits. They attack the foundation of your being.

4. They wear you down over time.

This is one of the insidious things about gaslighting—it is done gradually, over time. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often…and then it starts ramping up. Even the brightest, most self-aware people can be sucked into gaslighting—it is that effective. It’s the “frog in the frying pan” analogy: The heat is turned up slowly, so the frog never realizes what’s happening to it.

5. Their actions do not match their words.

When dealing with a person or entity that gaslights, look at what they are doing rather than what they are saying. What they are saying means nothing; it is just talk. What they are doing is the issue.

6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you. 

This person or entity that is cutting you down, telling you that you don’t have value, is now praising you for something you did. This adds an additional sense of uneasiness. You think, “Well maybe they aren’t so bad.” Yes, they are. This is a calculated attempt to keep you off-kilter—and again, to question your reality. Also look at what you were praised for; it is probably something that served the gaslighter.

7. They know confusion weakens people. 

Gaslighters know that people like having a sense of stability and normalcy. Their goal is to uproot this and make you constantly question everything. And humans’ natural tendency is to look to the person or entity that will help you feel more stable—and that happens to be the gaslighter.

8. They project.

They are a drug user or a cheater, yet they are constantly accusing you of that. This is done so often that you start trying to defend yourself, and are distracted from the gaslighter’s own behavior.

9. They try to align people against you.

Gaslighters are masters at manipulating and finding the people they know will stand by them no matter what—and they use these people against you. They will make comments such as, “This person knows that you’re not right,” or “This person knows you’re useless too.” Keep in mind it does not mean that these people actually said these things. A gaslighter is a constant liar. When the gaslighter uses this tactic it makes you feel like you don’t know who to trust or turn to—and that leads you right back to the gaslighter. And that’s exactly what they want: Isolation gives them more control.

10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.

This is one of the most effective tools of the gaslighter, because it’s dismissive. The gaslighter knows if they question your sanity, people will not believe you when you tell them the gaslighter is abusive or out-of-control. It’s a master technique.

11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.

By telling you that everyone else (your family, the media) is a liar, it again makes you question your reality. You’ve never known someone with the audacity to do this, so they must be telling the truth, right? No. It’s a manipulation technique. It makes people turn to the gaslighter for the “correct” information—which isn’t correct information at all.

The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them and avoid falling into the gaslighter’s trap.

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YOU’RE NOT GOING CRAZY: 15 SIGNS

The only way you can describe how you feel is that you feel minimized.  You feel crushed and smothered.  You’re constantly second-guessing yourself; your feelings, your perceptions, your memories, and a small, suffocated part inside of you wonders whether you are actually going crazy.

You feel neurotic, you feel hyper-sensitive and you feel an overwhelming sense of alienation.

What is wrong with you?

If you can identify with what I just wrote, you are most likely experiencing a sophisticated manipulation technique known as Gaslighting.  This technique undermines your entire perception of reality and can slowly creep into your relationships, friendships, family life and work life.

Although you might feel crazy, although you might feel imbalanced and irrational, there is still hope.

WHAT IS GASLIGHTING?

Inspired by the 1940 and 1944 films “Gas Light,” where a husband systematically manipulates his wife in order to make her feel crazy, the term “Gaslighting” is now commonly used to describe behavior that is inherently manipulative.

Gaslighting, at its core, is a form of emotional abuse that slowly eats away at your ability to make judgments.  Essentially, a Gaslighter spins their negative, harmful or destructive words and actions in their favor, deflecting the blame for their abusive deeds and pointing the finger at you.  This is often done by making you feel “overly sensitive,” “paranoid,” “mentally unstable,” “silly,” “unhinged,” and many other sensations which cause you to doubt yourself.

Commonly adopted by psychopathic, sociopathic and narcissistic types of people, Gaslighting tends to eat away at you slowly until you realize that you’re a shell of the former person you were.

 

HOW TO KNOW WHETHER SOMEONE IS GASLIGHTING YOU

Gaslighting is so harmful because it promotes anxiety, depression, and with enough frequency in our lives, can sometimes trigger nervous breakdowns.  So the question now it: are you being gaslighted?  How can you know whether you’re experiencing this subtle form of manipulation in your life?  Review the following tell-tale signs:

  1. Something is “off” about your friend, partner, son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, colleagues, boss, or other person in your life … but you can’t quite explain or pinpoint what.
  2. You frequently second-guess your ability to remember the details of past events leaving you psychologically powerless.
  3. You feel confused and disorientated.
  4. You feel threatened and on-edge around this person, but you don’t know why.
  5. You feel the need to apologize all the time for what you do or who you are.
  6. You never quite feel “good enough” and try to live up to the expectations and demands of others, even if they are unreasonable or harm you in some way.
  7. You feel like there’s something fundamentally wrong with you, e.g. you’re neurotic or are “losing it.”
  8. You feel like you’re constantly overreacting or are “too sensitive.”
  9. You feel isolated, hopeless, misunderstood and depressed.
  10. You find it hard to trust your own judgment, and given a choice, you choose to believe the judgment of the abuser.
  11. You feel scared and as though “something is terribly wrong,” but you don’t know what or why.
  12. You find it hard to make decisions because you distrust yourself.
  13. You feel as though you’re a much weaker version of yourself, and you were much more strong and confident in the past.
  14. You feel guilty for not feeling happy like you used to.
  15. You’ve become afraid of “speaking up” or expressing your emotions, so you stay silent instead.

 

Sympathy Is Not Low Toned.

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One wrong indication in the Scientology culture, and why it has become so anti symbiotic and treasonous, is that sympathy is frowned upon as “low toned”.

Sympathy is actually the result of an ability and perception. It is the ability to extend yourself into someone else’s space and live what they are living and feel what they are feeling. To BE them.

Along with feeling their loss, pain and suffering, comes the reward of feeling their victory, pleasure, joy and happiness.

Sympathy is the result of an ability, just like happiness is when you extend yourself and feel another person’s joy.

People who do not have this ability, or these perceptions can do things and seem evil when they are just standing with a handicap. Consequences in others are not felt so they are just not in the person’s vision. If they could feel the effects they create in others, they would be different people.

Often, this seems to even give them an added advantage in life. It is not always easy when you can move into the people in front of you and be them. It can range from agony to ecstasy. And everything in between. But in those times they are you and you are them.

This is not low toned. And it can not be only low toned when you feel their pain and therefore have sympathy.

I have a right to care about other people and take care of them. I have a right to say something about injustice and not contribute to it. This is symbiosis.

Many animals have this capability.  It is symbiosis.  Some humans do not.  They are anti symbiotic.  A spider can catch a fly in it’s web and watch it squirm until it dies. Sometimes, start to munch on it when it is still alive.  This is survival for spiders, not for humans.

We Have To Stop Killing For A Living And Meaning.

 

 

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We are no longer part of some Viking Tribe that is raiding.

Nobody is stealing our jobs, they take the ones that we will not do.

Thirteen wars at 14.2 trillion dollars in the last three decades is what has depleted our resources in the United States.

Raising money for wars or war chests is what is putting all people in poverty.

We can not keep killing for a living.

Making a living, killing off cultures and ethnic cleansing, and ideas, is destroying this species.  All hatred eventually becomes self hatred.

We have to stop killing for a living. It is not even profitable any more. We have crossed that line.

People please, come into reason and present time with common sense.

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