AARRGGHH!!! How do I get my links in color?!? OK, I edited this so that my links are in bold AND italic, like this.


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Originally posted by 859:
inoculation paradigm - (...) a message that motivates them to counterargue future persuasive attacks

Does anyone have news stories...
DISCLAIMER: My use of these events as examples in no way reflects ANYTHING other than to answer 859's question. In other words, I don't care what you think, I do NOT support terrorism or murder, form your OWN opinion about world events, and have a nice day. :p

Erm... ever hear of the world trade center? I hear they're farming lots of lovely opium in Afghanistan now. Expect to see lots more of it soon on your local streetcorner! Oh darn, that's old news , sometimes we don't want to argue, we just want to forget. Fooor-geeeeeeet... Foooor-geeeeeeet.... [Smoking]

And here are some more informative rumors and here is another quote I found that seems appropriate.

What about the terms "shock and awe", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "axis of evil", "coalition of the willing", etc.? The paradigm doesn't even have to be a statement! It can just be a catchy phrase thrown out by those in the spotlight.

Then there's the "No Child Left Behind" Act... Great! Higher standards for schools! Much higher... and prez increased the education budget to pay for it, right? OOPS... better read the fine print! I'll even tell you how, it's easy legalesey! Scroll all the way to the bottom to get to the current budget, "budget" is what they wanted to spend and "appropriation" is what they spent. Just note the line that says "Total, Department of Education". HEY! It looks about 2 BILLION LESS than last year... oh well! Is that more old news ? (This last article claims that the 2003 budget was less than 2002, which if you read the actual budget PDF, does not seem to be correct. *sigh*)

Cripes, man... that's all I could think of. And all I had time to lookup. I now realize that these aren't the best examples, and "tons" is quite the understatement. All you have to do is watch what TV shows of our dictat... I mean president. (nepotism, anyone?) For the first time in history (this is another rumor I heard) King Dubya is the first prez to have his public statements CORRECTED by the media, although I could not find information to verify that. Censorship, anyone?

An "inoculation paradigm" is now one of the preparations for terrorism. By warning people of the dangers of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and whatnot, it is supposed to reduce inefficiency caused by pesky emotions like fear.

Apparently the example you gave, "to counterargue future persuasive attacks" is a rather narrow definition of the phrase. That sounds like simple "misinformation" to me. You know what they say about first impressions... they stick.

Sorry to pick on our intelligent, fearless, publicly elected leader so much... it's just that all the examples I could come up with involved him for some reason... go figure. Oh yeah, and you did mention the white house. I love my country, and may God have mercy on the soul of anyone who tries to destroy or alter our freedom of speech or expression!

"This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual." - John Steinbeck

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