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When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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SELF-FENSE: Propaganda Movies

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Movies created for the sole purpose of persuading, manipulating and influencing how others think, feel and with a result of driving to specific actions. “Devised to fill the population, especially the military with enthusiasm for their country and, if necessary, to bolster them to lay down their lives.” - Cobelli

The purpose of this article is to inform others that the media, especially the social cell phone videos used in legal matters and not so legal matters, is similar in nature to propaganda films, i.e., “If you are aware that these movies are propaganda-like then their message may be discredited unless other overwhelming evidence is associated. Example, when being formally interviewed you notice the camera and its position being behind the interviewer, pointing over his or her shoulder and focused directly on your face. Knowing how that set up can influence others in a negative way, against you, you can stop the interview and insist on a change where the camera is set to the side so both the interviewer and you are being recorded in profile. 

It is also best to accept and understand how this type of propaganda-like evidence works against you, here are some reasons why:
  1. These propaganda-like videos strike a chord where this influence will increase over time. Say the time of the trial and deliberation, etc.
  2. Human memories; the source of an argument fades faster than the argument.
  3. Human brains quickly forget where the information came from (e.g., from the Dept of Propaganda).
  4. The message itself will remain fading more slowly and possibly even endures over time. 
  5. Any knowledge stemming from such video’s gains credibility over time while any discrediting force melts away faster than the message. Remember that the message is often an interpretation presented from an agenda driven source such as a prosecutor hell bent on seeing you convicted. 
This is important and you may have to present this to your attorney unless he or she has extensive experience in self-defense law, etc. Video’s from cell phones, security camera’s and other sources are like entertainment industry movies where light, angles and other content such as voices and added materials tend to be agenda driven and cause a huge amount of influence to the viewers. You have to get a handle on that and refute or discredit the material knowing full well your influence compliance efforts must surpass those of a prosecutor and other professionals who provide influences in front of a court (judges and/or jurors, etc.).

This sleeper effect can be combated by the above and with the following:
  • Don’t accept any video or media at face value and no unsolicited advice even if it seems well meant. Remember, control the information for it can be agenda driven and manipulative, i.e., compliance profession influence principled created and presented.
  • Avoid contaminated sources like the plague. Remember, evidence if not controlled with strict security requirements can be manipulated much like many of the video’s presented on social media where text is added and commentary that is almost always agenda driven, etc.
  • Remember as best you can every source of every argument you encounter and be prepared to analyze it like a scientist without emotional interference. 
  • Ask:
    • Whose opinions are these?
    • Is there an agenda?
    • Why does that opinion/person think that way?
    • Who benefits?
    • Do you have every single recording and is it possible only selected video’s are being used? 
    • Who were the sources of the evidence, recordings, and other stuff?
A lot of work but having this kind of information and making sure your attorney has it and uses it, especially to counter the propaganda-like presentations recorded on cells, etc., could make the difference. 

Oh, you say that these video’s for evidence are NOT propaganda but when defined you get, “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” Remember, the videographer be they professional or even just the guy with the cell phone are all influenced by their beliefs, perceptions and how the distinguish events in relation to those influences so the very way the record that video as to angle, lighting and other such media video things does influence a person viewing that video. 

So, even if the term seems inappropriate, remember it does influence how you are thinking of it and this article, it is actually relevant but where the example of compliance influences strikes a cord is this, “It too influences how you perceive and believe it and this article, doesn’t it?”


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