3 WAYS THEY ARE STILL BRAINWASHING YOU !

There are all sorts of tried-and-true techniques
that anyone can use to bypass the thinking
part of your brain and flip a switch deep
inside that says “OBEY.”

CHANTING SLOGANS

Every cult leader, drill sergeant, self-help guru
and politician knows that if you want to
quiet all of those pesky doubting thoughts in
a crowd, get them to chant a repetitive
phrase or slogan. Those are referred to as
thought-stopping techniques, because for
better or worse, they do exactly that.
It sounds like, “haki yetu ! Haki yetu ! Haki yetu ”
The “Analytical” part of your brain and the
“Repetitive Task” part tend to operate in
separate rooms. But you didn’t need an expert
to tell you that. You know you can’t solve a
complex logic puzzle if I force you to scream
the chorus to that Chumbawamba song over
and over again while you’re doing it. Try it.
Meditation works the same way, with chants
or mantras meant to “calm the mind.”
Shutting down those nagging voices in the
head is helpful for stressed-out individuals,
but even more helpful to a guy who wants to
shut down an audience full of nagging
internal voices suggesting that what he’s
saying might be retarded.

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SLIPPING BULSHIT INTO YOUR SUBCONCIOUS

The rise of the internet news portal has given
birth to a whole new, sly technique of bullshit
insertion. What They (and from here on,
“They” with a capital T means anyone who
draws a paycheck by manipulating your
opinion) have figured out is that most of you
don’t read the stories, you just browse the
headlines. And there’s a way to exploit that,
based on how the brain stores memories.
The Drudge Report lives off this. A single
anonymous source will report to some news
blog that, say, “Camp Mulla guys runs a secret
gay bordello in Nairobi.” Newspapers will run
the headline:
NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CAMP MULLA’S SECRET
GAY BORDELLO
Or perhaps there’ll just be a question mark on
the end:
CAMP MULLA: SECRET GAY BORDELLO ASS
MASTER?
It doesn’t matter that the headline merely
involves “questions” about the bordello. The
idea has been planted, and two months later
when somebody mentions Camp Mulla
around the water cooler you’ll say, “The gay
bordello guy, right?”
Sounds like you should not trust the media !

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CONTROLLING WHAT YOU READ AND WATCH

i guess this is what we call the media! Restriction of reading and/or viewing material
is common to pretty much every cult. Here on
the internet, we’ve all heard horror stories
about Scientology, which goes as far as
filtering members’ internet access. Obviously
the idea is to insulate the members from any
opposing points of view, to keep them
marching in line.
That technique works just as well outside of
the cult world, but They have to be more
subtle about it. It just takes a little poison in
the well, that’s all.

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Studies show the brain is wired to get a quick
high from reading things that agree with our
point of view. The same studies proved that,
strangely, we also get a rush from
intentionally dismissing information that
disagrees, no matter how well supported it is.
Yes, our brain rewards us for being closed-
minded dicks.
So with a little prodding, the followers will
happily close themselves in the same echo
chamber of talk radio, blogs and cable news
outlets that give them that little “They agree
with ME!” high.

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