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Just out of curiosity, how many 100% Swiss friends do you have? And I mean the "100% Swiss up until at least great-grandparent level" (yes, yes, the percentages don't work out if you are going to nit-pick but you get what I mean, right?) variant that some more right-wing and less forward thinking people like to call "echte Eidgenossen".

My experience with this type of Swiss is the following (and of course this may just be my particular experience, having lived in and around Zurich most of my life, feel free to disagree): what they say/promise is always done, they hate people who are full of hot air, they are reliable and punctual, they feel almost physically uncomfortable when people break rules (whether actual laws or just courtesy), their sense of humor tends to be more subtle/quirky and less slapstick, they are excellent at just staying quiet and thinking their own thoughts in situations where others go out guns blazing, they hate confrontation and they expect their friends to have their lives together as they WILL help you out right away with no questions asked if you are in real trouble but feel that you should do your best to avoid getting into trouble in the first place.

These people are also typically involved in various activities/ clubs/ charities/ volunteer work duties (joining a local club or the voluntary fire brigade if applicable is THE best way to fit in and find local friends), or are doing further training or education or work very long hours, so getting together has to be planned in advance and flaking is massively frowned upon. On the upside, they understand being too busy to have the constant chatter and connection type of friendship. All in all, the "real" Swiss friends I have are pretty damn awesome, I feel they are "proper adults" whose lives may not be super exciting but they are content, they encourage working hard and staying humble, and I know I can rely on them 100%. Interestingly enough, every family seems to have that one rebel who just can't be done with all these expectations, rules and pressures and does something mad like emigrate and open a surf shack or ends up being the "project" of the extended family.

BUT - if you take friendships as seriously as these guys do, then there isn't room for an infinite amount of friends and it takes time to build these friendships. Many people are friends with folks they have known since they are 5 years old or who they went to school with. You can't just squander your limited time and resources on any random who strikes up a conversation with you on the bus. I find that "thinking about what happens after what is happening now" is a common approach and if the potential outcome is undesirable, the now gets cut off pretty quickly or even prevented altogether - it's just more efficient that way. This is something that I find a shame, even though I do it myself too. When I am busy and stressed, I find dealing with other people tiring, so I just try to stop anyone from talking to me in the first place.

So, TL;DNR: The barrier you may notice in your day to day interactions (because it is frequently very much there) is not really arrogance or unfriendliness, it's just a desire to be left in peace or avoid further impositions on one's time. While this CAN be down to how you are coming across, it often has nothing to do with you at all. The world does not revolve around you, you know?
From your post, it seems like these "echte Eidgenossen" are just the posh, monied elite. This is hardly representative of your average Swiss person.
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You'd think that in the complaints corner of the English forum Switzerland you could.. i dunno.. complain about life in Switzerland in English. Can we make a subsection of the forum just for circlejerking about how great this country is so the salty EF "legends" can be contained?
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I try, really hard, to keep positive in this country - but it's a big energy drain..
True, but it's possible.

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They passed by. I gave the standard 'gruetzi mittenand', and sort of expected a 'gruetzi, danke' in return. Instead I got yelled at: 'Warum isch dies Veloliecht so hell?' (Why is your bike light so bright?)
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You do know that Zurich is a little strange bubble and does not represent Switzerland as a whole, right?
Which in itself is another quirk of CH.

ex: our BL staff can't stand their AG and BE co-workers (They talk funny. Why do they think this way? etc.) and my Swiss neighbors see no reason why we would ever want to travel to another canton's festival when there is a perfectly good festival here on Binningen Hauptstrasse (which looks and feels exactly like it did last year...).

I'm going to miss this place.

And then some times, I'm not.
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Old 08.12.2016, 14:33
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Re: 9 months in Switzerland - a honest report.

Many people have it one way, they like it that way, and cannot consider or accept it any other way. Some would consider it pride, and best practices, others would consider it arrogant and short sighted.


In the end, perhaps not very aligned with the modern/multicultural/globalized/politically correct world, but it seems to work very well here so it will probably continue.
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Which in itself is another quirk of CH.

ex: our BL staff can't stand their AG and BE co-workers (They talk funny. Why do they think this way? etc.) and my Swiss neighbors see no reason why we would ever want to travel to another canton's festival when there is a perfectly good festival here on Binningen Hauptstrasse (which looks and feels exactly like it did last year...).

I'm going to miss this place.

And then some times, I'm not.
Indeed, the disdain between the different regions within Switzerland is impressive for such a small place.

At least they can all unite in their hatred for neighbouring countries though. As an Englishman I merrily join in the booing of the French and Germans which I guess is why I fit in well here

To be uncharacteristically serious, I find that people who have no expat friends here (such as myself) generally seem to like the place more and feel the most integrated. This is easy in Fribourg as the expat population is relatively small and easy to avoid.
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Can we make a subsection of the forum just for circlejerking about how great this country is so the salty EF "legends" can be contained?
Is that like the soggy cracker game?

I want a thread about people being much friendlier in Switzerland than they are in Surrey, UK.
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Don't worry, the bottom three are known ****holes, and you should consider bad rep from them a sign that you're on the right path.
That's perhaps the nicest thing you have ever said to me
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Re: 9 months in Switzerland - a honest report.

I wanted the anecdotal story to convey that constructive criticism or conflict can be ok. When there is a problem, it's good to bring it up, and all parties should try to resolve it . That's how things, ideas, people become better.

If the problem can not be resolved for whatever reason, for example one side refuses to admit they've done anything wrong, then a good alternative is to change one's own thoughts, actions, or behavior. However, it's not always easy to shift your opinions, feelings, or behavior.

There is a Japanese saying, 'Shouganai' that means "it cannot be helped" or "nothing can be done about it" or " what can you do about it ".

Sometimes in life you just have to say Shouganai, let go of stress, and be happy.
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Aha, so that's my problem- I just need to be more reflective! Brb, buying some silver paint.
It will certainly look nice with red blobs, jolly festive and all that
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Don't worry, the bottom three are known ****holes, and you should consider bad rep from them a sign that you're on the right path.
Tks richdog, nice to know we can rely on you being chief ****hole
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Is there a reporting structure? Who is Chief a-hole? Who are the direct reports? Who signs off new members to the a-hole clan? Is there a special a-hole handshake?

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You'd think that in the complaints corner of the English forum Switzerland you could.. i dunno.. complain about life in Switzerland in English.
Isn't that what you are doing right now?

Well anyway, I do wish you good luck.
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You do know that Zurich is a little strange bubble and does not represent Switzerland as a whole, right?
It seems unlikely that OP would fit in areas with less foreigners seeing she doesn't manage in areas with 32% (Zürich city, 26% for the Kanton).
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I want a thread about people being much friendlier in Switzerland than they are in Surrey, UK.
Then go make it, but not here. Let the people posting in the complaints section complain.

Honestly it seems like some of the people posting here are making a huge effort to try and manufacture consensus on how life here is absolutely perfect in every respect. When someone inevitably makes a comment on how people here are unfriendly, cold, xenophobic or whatever (and believe me there is a reason why you keep hearing the same complaints over and over) there are 6+ forum "legends" who swoop in to try and correct the record.

Sorry for not having the "right" opinion, but honestly, let newcomers vent in peace.
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I'm sorry that we don't have the "correct" opinions, but honestly, let newcomers vent in peace.
I wish to apologise for causing offence, I had no idea falling from your high horse had left you feel so uncomfortable.

You seem to have missed the point of complaints corner - it is for complaints. It isn't for a lengthy diatribe on why the Swiss are the most hateful people on this planet.

If you hadn't realized the cultural norms of the US are not the same as the UK, Switzerland, Finland, South Korea or Namibia. Some cultures open their arms to foreigners, some don't - neither makes it better than then other.

Negatively stereotyping the entire country and yet remain living their says more about you than it does about the country.

I know that Switzerland isn't perfect, I know it has its faults and annoyances. But I'm a big boy - and I figured out a long time ago that all my grumps and annoyances with this country pale into insignificance compared to the positives.

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I wish to apologise for causing offence, I had no idea falling from your high horse had left you feel so uncomfortable.

You seem to have missed the point of complaints corner - it is for complaints. It isn't for a lengthy diatribe on why the Swiss are the most hateful people on this planet.

If you hadn't realized the cultural norms of the US are not the same as the UK, Switzerland, Finland, South Korea or Namibia. Some cultures open their arms to foreigners, some don't - neither makes it better than then other.

Negatively stereotyping the entire country and yet remain living their says more about you than it does about the country.

I know that Switzerland isn't perfect, I know it has its faults and annoyances. But I'm a big boy - and I figured out a long time ago that all my grumps and annoyances with this country pale into insignificance compared to the positives.

Oh sorry, I forgot to mention personal attacks as a way to attempt to discredit those who have a legitimate gripe about this country and its people. Do you realize that you've unironically proven my point?

To anyone who cares, here is an exhaustive guide to the odd behavior you see on this forum.


Technique #1 - 'FORUM SLIDING'

If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum - it can be quickly removed from public view by 'forum sliding.' In this technique a number of unrelated posts are quietly prepositioned on the forum and allowed to 'age.' Each of these misdirectional forum postings can then be called upon at will to trigger a 'forum slide.' The second requirement is that several fake accounts exist, which can be called upon, to ensure that this technique is not exposed to the public. To trigger a 'forum slide' and 'flush' the critical post out of public view it is simply a matter of logging into each account both real and fake and then 'replying' to prepositined postings with a simple 1 or 2 line comment. This brings the unrelated postings to the top of the forum list, and the critical posting 'slides' down the front page, and quickly out of public view. Although it is difficult or impossible to censor the posting it is now lost in a sea of unrelated and unuseful postings. By this means it becomes effective to keep the readers of the forum reading unrelated and non-issue items.

Technique #2 - 'CONSENSUS CRACKING'

A second highly effective technique (which you can see in operation all the time at www.abovetopsecret.com) is 'consensus cracking.' To develop a consensus crack, the following technique is used. Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.' Thus the uninformed reader will most like develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'

Technique #3 - 'TOPIC DILUTION'

Topic dilution is not only effective in forum sliding it is also very useful in keeping the forum readers on unrelated and non-productive issues. This is a critical and useful technique to cause a 'RESOURCE BURN.' By implementing continual and non-related postings that distract and disrupt (trolling ) the forum readers they are more effectively stopped from anything of any real productivity. If the intensity of gradual dilution is intense enough, the readers will effectively stop researching and simply slip into a 'gossip mode.' In this state they can be more easily misdirected away from facts towards uninformed conjecture and opinion. The less informed they are the more effective and easy it becomes to control the entire group in the direction that you would desire the group to go in. It must be stressed that a proper assessment of the psychological capabilities and levels of education is first determined of the group to determine at what level to 'drive in the wedge.' By being too far off topic too quickly it may trigger censorship by a forum moderator.

Technique #4 - 'INFORMATION COLLECTION'

Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological level of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a 'show you mine so me yours' posting is initiated. From the number of replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your 'favourite weapon' and then encourage other members of the forum to showcase what they have. In this matter it can be determined by reverse proration what percentage of the forum community owns a firearm, and or a illegal weapon. This same method can be used by posing as one of the form members and posting your favourite 'technique of operation.' From the replies various methods that the group utilizes can be studied and effective methods developed to stop them from their activities.

Technique #5 - 'ANGER TROLLING'

Statistically, there is always a percentage of the forum posters who are more inclined to violence. In order to determine who these individuals are, it is a requirement to present a image to the forum to deliberately incite a strong psychological reaction. From this the most violent in the group can be effectively singled out for reverse IP location and possibly local enforcement tracking. To accomplish this only requires posting a link to a video depicting a local police officer massively abusing his power against a very innocent individual. Statistically of the million or so police officers in America there is always one or two being caught abusing there powers and the taping of the activity can be then used for intelligence gathering purposes - without the requirement to 'stage' a fake abuse video. This method is extremely effective, and the more so the more abusive the video can be made to look. Sometimes it is useful to 'lead' the forum by replying to your own posting with your own statement of violent intent, and that you 'do not care what the authorities think!!' inflammation. By doing this and showing no fear it may be more effective in getting the more silent and self-disciplined violent intent members of the forum to slip and post their real intentions. This can be used later in a court of law during prosecution.

Technique #6 - 'GAINING FULL CONTROL'

It is important to also be harvesting and continually maneuvering for a forum moderator position. Once this position is obtained, the forum can then be effectively and quietly controlled by deleting unfavourable postings - and one can eventually steer the forum into complete failure and lack of interest by the general public. This is the 'ultimate victory' as the forum is no longer participated with by the general public and no longer useful in maintaining their freedoms. Depending on the level of control you can obtain, you can deliberately steer a forum into defeat by censoring postings, deleting memberships, flooding, and or accidentally taking the forum offline. By this method the forum can be quickly killed. However it is not always in the interest to kill a forum as it can be converted into a 'honey pot' gathering center to collect and misdirect newcomers and from this point be completely used for your control for your agenda purposes.

CONCLUSION

Remember these techniques are only effective if the forum participants DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM. Once they are aware of these techniques the operation can completely fail, and the forum can become uncontrolled. At this point other avenues must be considered such as initiating a false legal precidence to simply have the forum shut down and taken offline. This is not desirable as it then leaves the enforcement agencies unable to track the percentage of those in the population who always resist attempts for control against them. Many other techniques can be utilized and developed by the individual and as you develop further techniques of infiltration and control it is imperative to share then with HQ.

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Re: 9 months in Switzerland - a honest report.

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such 'arguable rumors'. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a 'wild rumor' from a 'bunch of kids on the Internet' which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism, reasoning -- simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint.

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough 'jargon' and 'minutia' to illustrate you are 'one who knows', and simply say it isn't so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man -- usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with - a kind of investment for the future should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues -- so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the 'high road' and 'confess' with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made -- but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, 'just isn't so.' Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later, and even publicly 'call for an end to the nonsense' because you have already 'done the right thing.' Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for 'coming clean' and 'owning up' to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards or with an apparent deductive logic which forbears any actual material fact.

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best with issues qualifying for rule 10.

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.

16. Vanish evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won't have to address the issue.

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can 'argue' with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how 'sensitive they are to criticism.'

19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the 'play dumb' rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.

20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations -- as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed and unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.

25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.
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Re: 9 months in Switzerland - a honest report.

Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist

1) Avoidance. They never actually discuss issues head-on or provide constructive input, generally avoiding citation of references or credentials. Rather, they merely imply this, that, and the other. Virtually everything about their presentation implies their authority and expert knowledge in the matter without any further justification for credibility.

2) Selectivity. They tend to pick and choose opponents carefully, either applying the hit-and-run approach against mere commentators supportive of opponents, or focusing heavier attacks on key opponents who are known to directly address issues. Should a commentator become argumentative with any success, the focus will shift to include the commentator as well.

3) Coincidental. They tend to surface suddenly and somewhat coincidentally with a new controversial topic with no clear prior record of participation in general discussions in the particular public arena involved. They likewise tend to vanish once the topic is no longer of general concern. They were likely directed or elected to be there for a reason, and vanish with the reason.

4) Teamwork. They tend to operate in self-congratulatory and complementary packs or teams. Of course, this can happen naturally in any public forum, but there will likely be an ongoing pattern of frequent exchanges of this sort where professionals are involved. Sometimes one of the players will infiltrate the opponent camp to become a source for straw man or other tactics designed to dilute opponent presentation strength.

5) Anti-conspiratorial. They almost always have disdain for 'conspiracy theorists' and, usually, for those who in any way believe JFK was not killed by LHO. Ask yourself why, if they hold such disdain for conspiracy theorists, do they focus on defending a single topic discussed in a NG focusing on conspiracies? One might think they would either be trying to make fools of everyone on every topic, or simply ignore the group they hold in such disdain.Or, one might more rightly conclude they have an ulterior motive for their actions in going out of their way to focus as they do.

6) Artificial Emotions. An odd kind of 'artificial' emotionalism and an unusually thick skin -- an ability to persevere and persist even in the face of overwhelming criticism and unacceptance. This likely stems from intelligence community training that, no matter how condemning the evidence, deny everything, and never become emotionally involved or reactive. The net result for a disinfo artist is that emotions can seem artificial.

Most people, if responding in anger, for instance, will express their animosity throughout their rebuttal. But disinfo types usually have trouble maintaining the 'image' and are hot and cold with respect to pretended emotions and their usually more calm or unemotional communications style. It's just a job, and they often seem unable to 'act their role in character' as well in a communications medium as they might be able in a real face-to-face conversation/confrontation. You might have outright rage and indignation one moment, ho-hum the next, and more anger later -- an emotional yo-yo.

With respect to being thick-skinned, no amount of criticism will deter them from doing their job, and they will generally continue their old disinfo patterns without any adjustments to criticisms of how obvious it is that they play that game -- where a more rational individual who truly cares what others think might seek to improve their communications style, substance, and so forth, or simply give up.

7) Inconsistent. There is also a tendency to make mistakes which betray their true self/motives. This may stem from not really knowing their topic, or it may be somewhat 'freudian', so to speak, in that perhaps they really root for the side of truth deep within.

I have noted that often, they will simply cite contradictory information which neutralizes itself and the author. For instance, one such player claimed to be a Navy pilot, but blamed his poor communicating skills (spelling, grammar, incoherent style) on having only a grade-school education. I'm not aware of too many Navy pilots who don't have a college degree. Another claimed no knowledge of a particular topic/situation but later claimed first-hand knowledge of it.

8) Time Constant. Recently discovered, with respect to News Groups, is the response time factor. There are three ways this can be seen to work, especially when the government or other empowered player is involved in a cover up operation:

a) ANYTHNG posting by a targeted proponent for truth can result in an IMMEDIATE response. The government and other empowered players can afford to pay people to sit there and watch for an opportunity to do some damage. SINCE DISINFO IN A NG ONLY WORKS IF THE READER SEES IT - FAST RESPONSE IS CALLED FOR, or the visitor may be swayed towards truth.

b) When dealing in more direct ways with a disinformationalist, such as email, DELAY IS CALLED FOR - there will usually be a minimum of a 48-72 hour delay. This allows a sit-down team discussion on response strategy for best effect, and even enough time to 'get permission' or instruction from a formal chain of command.

c) In the example above, it will often ALSO be seen that bigger guns are drawn and fired after the same 48-72 hours delay - the team approach in play. This is especially true when the targeted truth seeker or their comments are considered more important with respect to potential to reveal truth. Thus, a serious truth sayer will be attacked twice for the same sin.
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