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#Denounce, #deny, #deceive - 6 common tactics of media manipulators and why they work to sabotage public discourse

It is time to stop being naive about online discourse.

“The discourse holds so many traps for the unwary. It’s a bit like financial scams and gambling that are a tax on the financially naïve. A similar tax is being levied on the intellectually naïve.” —  @ArthurCDent

@ArthurCDent In the article, I lay out 6 common #manipulation tactics and why they work to sabotage discourse on scientific topics.

First up is "just asking questions" or "#sealioning", which uses social expectations and #framing effects to distort conversations.

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Autonomic Nervous System (#ANS) Impairment
#Thread #midjourneyartwork #MedEd
#Dysautonomia is a condition that affects the ANS, which controls involuntary bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and breathing. It can be caused by various factors, including #autoimmune diseases & viral infections like #COVID19.
The symptoms of #dysautonomia can vary depending on the underlying cause and can include lightheadedness, dizziness, syncope, rapid or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, difficulty breathing, and fatigue.
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#فلكية ماهي العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للأبراج؟
في هذا الثريد راح نعرف! #Toxic
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للحمل؟
إن لا يوجد إعجاب متبادل بالعلاقة بل يكون #العكس والكثير من النقد!
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للثور؟
حيث يتم استخدامهم من اجل المال..او #المصالح
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للجوزاء؟
الشخص الخانق او المتحكم! نقص الدعم بالعلاقة والقليل من الفهم او إنعدامه !
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للسرطان؟
ان يتم الإعتماد عليه بطريقة غير صحية بكل شي او استغلال لطفة او نقص كامل إلى المودة والعاطفه بالعلاقة.
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للأسد؟
ان يتم #إستغلاله عاطفياً ويتم خذلانه بشكل مستمر وشخص يهاجمه دائماً قيمته #الذاتيه لنفسه.
#العلاقات السامة بنسبة #للعذراء؟
شخص يتوقع منهم أن يفعلوا كل شيء دون تقدير لهم والضغط أو تواصل سيء.
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They’ll tell you that ‘we’ the fishermen and our families are labour activists. They’ll tell you that Labour have brainwashed and coerced us. ‘We’ are forcing an anti-freeport agenda. That they’re using us for their political gains.
Shame on them: exploiting political conflict for their own motives to make themselves sleep better at night.

They haven’t. We are not any one political party and we have our own voice - and their voice does not represent ours.
Their empty requests for financial report are a haphazard launched into the abyss so satisfy the media frenzy, to acknowledge that they were never going to consider anything but their own agenda. As if it ever could…
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A critical, yet counter-intuitive lever that can aid culture transformation initiatives rests at the hiring and pre-hiring stages.

Some findings that I found surprising: (1/3) Image
🔔 Overconfidence and narcissism have been associated with negative work outcomes. However, those who advocated for excessive rule-following were more likely to exhibit toxic behavior, and 25% more likely to be fired for breaking the rules themselves! (2/3)
🔔 Overall org productivity calls for corporate citizenship and not just individual brilliance.

What's your view?
#culture #toxicity #toxic #culturetransformation #leadership

Source: (3/3)
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#China posts 6-month high #Covid19 count as it sticks with strategy | Nov 6
- China on Sunday reported its highest number of new Covid-19 infections in 6mths, a day after health officials said they were sticking with strict coronavirus curbs…
The '#PCRtest' in #Egypt was a #punishment for #slaves.
- Breaking the #gland of #blood #encephalitis... Image
Blood–brain barrier, #BBB (former #hematoencephalic #barrier
- The blood–brain barrier acts effectively to #protect brain tissue from circulating #pathogens and other potentially #toxic substances.…
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‼️Is this the reason why the CABAL does not want you to know the potential of ANTI-PARASITIC MEDICINE...?

VIDEO PROOF: CANCER IS CAUSED BY PARASITES… #FuckCancer #Ivermectin #ChlorineDioxide #Toxic #ClotShot #Scamdemic
Frontiers in Medicine Editorial: Parasites and Cancer…

New study proves that chlorine dioxide (MMS) blocks SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins from binding with human receptors

Japanese researchers have confirmed that chlorine dioxide, also known as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS, is a safe and
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Dear #neurotwitter, we dropped this onto @biorxiv_neursci for your perusal. It's an unusual piece from my lab & I really, really enjoyed working on it with @chc1987. Here it is: Metabolically spikes serve neuronal energy homeostasis (and protect neurons).…
"Metabolic Spikes" is a modelling study on the origins of "spontaneous" activity in neural systems. That sort of baseline activity is ubiquitous! As a field, we accept it's there & include it in models, but why do neurons do that? Fire in the absence of input? Seems kinda weird.
More formally speaking, non-causal spiking contradicts the notion that spikes should be used for coding, and what's more, such "null spikes" seem like a waste of energy. Sort of like opening a window in an NYC apartment in the middle of winter....
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In 1985 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, 400+ uniformed personnel from the 7102d Computer Services Squadron (many units were huuuuuge back then!) sat in the base auditorium as a one-star general briefed us on the "AD+DC=SI" merger between computers & communications. The general…
…explained how the merger would bring serious manpower cuts across our career fields, saying "every one of you sitting at a desk is one less guy on the flight line."

I turned to my supervisor sitting next to me and I made the "eject lever" motion. He shrugged. But…
…in the final analysis, all U.S. uniformed services do something spectacular:

They mold future captains of industry!

@csoandy & @robtlee & @RobertMLee are perfect examples of this: leaders in their respective civilian occupations.

They also mold civilians in local, state, …
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We must cut out toxic people from our lives, if we want to live a happy life.

- Who are toxic people?
- Why is it so difficult to cut them out?
- What to do about it?

Having dealt with them myself, a thread on learnings 🧵

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Kinds of #toxic people:

1. Judge: You always feel judged in their presence. You can never live up to their standards no matter what you do. They make you feel non-valued

2. Critic: They always poke holes in your actions and make you feel inadequate

3. Victim: Its never their fault. They won't take responsibility. They make you feel guilty for the situation they are in

4. Manipulator: They want to control your thoughts, words and actions. They make you see the world from their eyes. You depend on them & feel helpless

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Therapist 🧵: #Narcissistic Fixated Stalking. #Stalking is illegal in almost every country in the world, but that doesn't mean those who are stalked get the help they need. Stalking is on the Increase due to social media, lack of knowledge by law enforcement as to what #illegal
To do with them, their high levels of manipulation & the law not keeping up with current times. Clusters B's are well known for stalking & taking revenge when they don't get what they want from you. Narcissists & psychopaths are even known to kill your pets.
They may contact your employee With outright lies, stalk you both online & offline & accuse you of stalking them. Stalking is something narcissists (and other cluster B's) love to engage in. It gives them power, control & yes, entertainment #dysfunctional
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We must cut out toxic people from our lives, if we want to live a happy life.

- Who are toxic people?
- Why is it so difficult to cut them out?
- What to do about it?

Having dealt with many, a thread on learnings

Please retweet for maximum reach to help others
Kinds of #toxic people:

1. Judge: You always feel judged in their presence. You can never live up to their standards no matter what you do. They make you feel non-valued

2. Critic: They always poke holes in your actions and make you feel inadequate

2/11 #positivity
3. Victim: Its never their fault. They won't take responsibility. They make you feel guilty for the situation they are in

4. Manipulator: They want to control your thoughts, words and actions. They make you see the world from their eyes. You depend on them & feel helpless
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From my upcoming book 'Fixated': Analyzing the language of the dark triad': This is an example of common psychopathology in 'language' responses, with consent from a client. These are common responses. What happens when we set boundaries with ASPD, NPD, BPD, etc.? #Mentalhealth
Setting #boundaries with people is healthy. It's what keeps us safe. Trouble is PD's or other socially unskilled people don't like or respect them. Example #1 Q: Please stop following me online, leave my social media alone & stop leaving unwanted comments. A: What do you mean?
Do you want me to ignore you when I'm on the Internet? Pretend you are not there? Or set my settings to screen you out? Or do you want me to have a special software program created specifically that filters your name out every time I'm on the Internet? #toxic #manipulation
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Therapist Thread 🧵 The difficulty in treating 'self-hatred'. BPD, other PD's, autism, aspergers, gender dysphoric clients who often present with extreme self-hatred. They have a great need to avoid their subjective internal experience or deflect it with external anger of hatred
They may be there in therapy but emotionally avoid, highly dissociate &/ or use drugs & alcohol, are hostile ("I hate all people", "no-one can help me", Shame- prone, isn't regular with appointments, never had a role model that cared for them in their life #therapy #hatredofself
Patients who attack themselves verbally or other is distressing for the #therapist The client has often hidden the level of self hatred they have. They have adapted in ways to hide this from themselves & others. Some feel they are punished by fate or karma. Some can't show how
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Narcissistic abuse is all pervasive, across all areas, affects all involved with a #narcissist. It involves a wide variety of manipulative tactics, is longstanding, highly abusive, coercive, sophisticated, subtle, of long duration, highly controlling, utilzes #narcissistic agents
It is used overtly or covertly by the narcissist or their 'agents'. It is designed to attack your independence, autonomy, to #control you, to break you down because it makes them feel better, period!#Gaslighting works under the guise of caring about you. It is designed to
Get you to deny your own #reality. This is. It loving. Many other manipulative tactics are involved. They are also not loving or kind. A narcissist recruits an entire community to do it's dirty work for him/her. The Narcissitic agents are also part of the problem. It is usually
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Therapist Tip for your #mentalhealth: How to spot a #narcissist We are in a #narcisstic #psychopathic and #sociopathic epidemic. Look for these 🚩🚩1. Mirroring your interests 🚩 2. Love Bombing you at first. Feels like bliss 🚩3. Early obsession. Go too fast in any relationship
Fall in love with you in first week(s). 🚩4. Feels too good to be true 🚩5. They are idealising you & you can do no wrong. You are perfect for them. This is the 'honeymoon' period 🚩6. Them comes drama out of the blue 🚩 7. They come from a position of "how am I?" #psychology
Wanting others attention 🚩They do not care about how you are or how your day was. Do they ever ask you how you are, how was your day, say "that sounds like a tough day for you", show genuine empathy) Watch for 'false' empathy. Does the conversation always go back to them? #narcs
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Therapist Tip 👉🏻The Power of 'NO': the word "no" is a 'boundary'. It is a word that establishes or defines the space between you & someone else. It demands respect & is supposed to be learnt learnt through childhood development. It is a universal cue that people use #boundaries
to let others know that you are not OK about something. Boundaries are designed to keep you safe &/or establish ground rules for the relationship. One of the earliest indicators of #RedFlags in toxic people/relationships is a lack of Respect/empathy for the word "no" #SafetyFirst
This lack of respect is an 'indicator' that someone has a character/personality problem &/or flaw. If a person in your life refuses to listen or respect your "no", you may need help because you now have a 'relational' problem
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23 things that will make #Narcissists LOSE. THEIR. MINDS. 🧵 1. Require them to be responsible for their actions. 2. Require them to be accountable 3. Require them to be cooperative rather than competitive 4. Require they respect your boundaries 5.Require transparency #boundaries
And no secrets 6. Deny them instant gratification due to their impulsivity 7. Call them out on their inappropriate behavior 8. Trigger their insecurity 10. Don’t bother explaining yourself or arguing with them. There is no point #dontgointotheirjungle #toxic #rages #triggers
11. They thrive on conflict & winning. Do not engage. 12. Do not expect reasonable well intentioned respectful arguments 13. Telling them they need therapy 14. Don’t allow them to manipulate you. Call them out. 16. Require the relationship to be a 2-way street #narcissisticabuse
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#NZ This is a long thread on the issue of harassment & threats made against #WomenInLeadership, primarily #WomenInPolitics.

⬇️ Reviews incidents over time, highlights the danger & escalation of #misogyny & the real life consequences on the personal & our democratic institutions.
This thread is being woven, the week Michael Cruickshank was sentenced to jail in #NZ for threatening to blow our #WomanPrimeMinister’s head off & to “..wipe you off this f---planet”- Also arrested this week Richard Sivell who has allegedly been posting threatening messages.
Here you can take a look at #OnlineAbuse ~ ⬇️ is a really useful article by @shesource & @WMCLive that names online hostile behaviour, how it is that #Women are targeted, & explains why “online harassment exists on a continuum with offline violence”…
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When navigating toxic culture, it's key to find tactics that work whether you're in a toxic culture or not. Why? 🧵1/

#agile #toxic #Manager #Leaders Image
There's two scenarios to consider. One, the "happy" path, is that there's been some miscommunication. Everyone actually wants whats best, its just that someone is overwhelmed. This scenario can be fixed! 2/
The second, the "bad" path, is that someone is attempting to emotionally manipulate the situation. However, you don't actually know "who" the impostor is yet. Using divide and conquer tactics, you may be fighting with a potential ally! 3/
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Hey #hematology aspirants, let's talk about #CMV today !! Post allogenic transplant CMV prophylaxis and pre-emptive therapy to be precise.

A short thread 🧵


#MedTwitter #MedEd #hematology
CMV a DNA virus, one of the commonest causes of infections post HSCT

Has the largest genome of any known human virus [200 genes]

Most humans harbour latent CMV, infection aquired in childhood.

Site of latency in humans-❓
In murine models- hepatic sinusoidal cells.

The risk of reactivation depends on CMV sero status:
D-/R+ > D+/R+ > D+/ R- > D- / R -

Other risk factors are:
1️⃣T cell depletion
4️⃣GVHD requiring steroids

So why not give prophylaxis to these "high-risk" patients ??

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The #narcissist cannot exist without their #narcissisticagents (flying monkeys), who do their work for them, participating in #narcissisticabuse by proxy. There is alot of information out there on narcissists, but little on their ‘agents’. What type of person becomes an agent?
People who resonate with a #narcissists victimhood or grievance, are highly Suggestible, easily manipulated, socially naive, lack #boundaries have blind trust in the narcissist, need a leader or to be led, are easily deceived and used. All narcissists use their audience
& people as a means of #control Their agents are not ‘human’ to them. They are viewed an ‘objects’ for their own agenda. They gossip, deceive & lie to their Agents. They may bring them on board for their ‘cause’. If an agent accepts, they are agreeing to underlying rules #Control
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#Narcissism thread 🧵 15 (more) questions to ask yourself if you are questioning whether someone is a #narcissist
1. Do they devalue, diminish, demonise or harshly judge you or act as the righteous ‘authority’ figure with you regardless of their age, status or employment? 🚩
Are they #superior? For e.g. A non lawyer preaching to a lawyer about law. 2. Are they #defensive? Do they seem only interested in trying to prove that they are right & you are wrong, in a defensive mode? 🚩They are #competitive not co-operative. Co-operation is a must #healthy
3. Do they demand #attention from you? For e.g., insisting on having the conversation when it’s convenient for them only &/or use emotional #manipulation to ensure conversation happens on ‘their’ terms? They may not answer the question, go off topic, deflect, defensive, accuse 🚩
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