Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Make and Spread a Juicy Rumor

Guidance for the Production of Rumors

1. Planning

The first essential of a rumour is that it should serve a definite purpose. It may seem frivolous to emphasise this point at the beginning, but, experience has shown that there is always a great tendency in composing rumours to select or accept stories simply because they are brilliant improvisations as stories. The attitude of "Wouldn't it be a good idea to spread such and such a rumour?" is a dangerous one and the inventors of rumours should discipline themselves to decide first what effect they wish to produce, and then begin working out rumours which will produce it.

Rumours for general consumption (and this blog post does not deal with rumours intended to deceive an enemy intelligence service), may be intended either to produce definite action by the general populace, or a modification in its mental outlook which will produce appropriate action at some later moment.

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2. Qualities of a good Rumour

A rumour must be such that it will spread. Essentially this means that it must be such that anyone to whom it is told will almost certainly repeat it not once but several times. It must therefore give pleasure to the teller. It is not necessary here to go into a detailed exposition in modern psychological language, since the main factors which give pleasure to the teller of rumours have been the common stock in trade of comic writers.

In general the teller derives this pleasure from the sense of power which repeating the story gives him. This indeed is the basis of all careless talk. Specific subjects which will make a rumour pleasurable to repeat are enumerated below.

a) Self aggrandisement. i.e. "I am in the know, you are not". 

b) Horror. People will always enjoy making their listeners flesh creep, and also their own.

c) Sex. Those who have little opportunity for sexual experience consistently enjoy talking about it. Good sexy rumours also have the advantage that they are told and listened to in a more emotional frame of mind than many people realise, and they have therefore a deeper effect.

d) The amazing coincidence. Any story linked to such semi-occult events has a very good chance of spreading. This is the advantage of all astrological, prophetical, mysteric-religious rumours.

e) Wishful thinking. This always carries, but is dangerous. (see paragraph 3)

f) A scandal about the great. Rumours are mainly disseminated by people in low positions. Anything that bolsters up their pride by telling them that those in high positions are no better than they ought to be will always be popular.

g) Jokes. A good joke will usually travel, but it has the disadvantage that unless it is a very bitter joke it is repeated in a frivolous state of mind and has little or no proper effect. 

From the Minister of Misinformation

3. Some disputable points

a) Credibility. The balance of evidence seems to show that though it is better for a rumour to have some basis in fact, this is not absolutely necessary. It should however have what I may term an emotional basis in fact, i.e. it should fit in with the sort of thing which people believe likely or want to happen.

b) Wishful thinking. There is an obvious danger in disseminating stories about our own strength and intentions, if the reaction caused when they are found out not to be true is too immediate. It is therefore better in such stories to refer to events comparatively far distant in time or space and when speaking of what is near at hand to emphasise rather that we are heroic than successful. The technique of spreading hyper-optimistic rumours about their own success among the enemy in order to cause ultimate dismay by disappointment is one which may occasionally prove useful.

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c) Horror stories. It should be remembered that atrocity stories are extremely dangerous. Among a people determined to resist or among a people oblivious of their danger they may be very valuable, but where morale is already shaky atrocity stories sometimes only contribute to a paralysing fear.

d) SexAny marketing person will tell you that sex sells. However, sex doesn’t sell; sex simply gets your attention. Everyone must gauge for themselves how dirty a sexual story can be. There is a danger of making stories so revolting that a large proportion of the hearers will never repeat them. On the other hand in certain classes you can go very far, and it should be remembered that the more lurid the setting the more firmly the rumour conveyed will stick.


Throughout the early 1940s, a host of rumors relating to the Second World War began to circulate, leading the government to establish various committees and undertake multiple projects intended to counteract rumors that were believed to threaten civilian morale and compromise national security. 

Simultaneously, social scientists also began taking measures to study and combat rumor. Such efforts included the institution of several community groups, deemed "rumor clinics," that aimed to decrease the prevalence of wartime rumor by educating the general public. 

Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content

Rather than acting as a source of accurate information, online media frequently promote misinformation in an attempt to drive traffic and social engagement. The result is a situation where lies spread much farther than the truth, and news organizations play a powerful role in making this happen.

Many news sites apply little or no basic verification to the claims they pass on. Instead, they rely on linking-out to other media reports, which themselves often only cite other media reports as well.

Among other problems, this lack of verification makes journalists easy marks for hoaxsters and others who seek to gain credibility and traffic by getting the press to cite their claims and content.

News organizations reporting rumors and unverified claims often do so in ways that bias the reader toward thinking the claim is true. The data collected using the Emergent database revealed that many news organizations pair an article about a rumor or unverified claim with a headline that declares it to be true

News organizations utilize a range of hedging language and attribution formulations (“reportedly,”“claims,”etc.) to convey that information they are passing on is unverified. They frequently use headlines that express the unverified claim as a question. However, research shows these subtleties result in misinformed audiences.

Friday, May 19, 2017


"I spy with my little eye... something beginning with.... ummmm.... Russia" - Laetitia Casta : Plus, this mind blowing blog post boasts some planetary science, cartography and plenty of sizzling chickadees

Laetitia Casta

Laetitia Casta the Jailbird?

"A tin-foil bikini is the only way I can get any rest. If I couldn't block the probing rays from Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Vladimir Putin, I'd be worn out within a week." - Laetitia Casta

Rule 5 - Laetitia Casta - Tax Refugee

Laetitia Casta as "La - tee- sha"
Laetitia Casta bouncing on the cat walk

Laetitia Casta Cheesecake

I had heard things, as one does, and one day I said to him, “I’d like to buy a piece of time, please.”

He said, “You want to buy a timepiece?” He reached for the wristwatches.

I said, “No. A piece of time. A Snap, please.”

The apparatus for the Snap itself was an awful thing, like a guitar pedal, an alarm clock, and the bones of an umbrella, all connected by a series of tubes. It came without instructions.

Comet 67P is making its own oxygen
Apollo 11 Rendezvous - Hat Tip
NASA is proposing to build a space station in lunar orbit. This proposal is notable for requiring a large budget to create an object with no utility whatsoever. Kinda like colonizing Mars, it sounds good in a general, gee whiz, kind of way, but offers few benefits. In contrast, an actual Moon base situated on the satellite's surface would be quite useful scientifically speaking, especially if your ultimate goal is a base on Mars.

A comparison of the sizes of Saturn's smallest satellites as viewed by Cassini over the course of its 13-year mission. 

Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

Does the climate scientist in the cartoon remind you of anyone?
Enlarge, pan and zoom - very cool

The Super Commie From Krypton!
Everyone knows that Superman is a stalwart defender of Truth, Justice and the American Way! But when Clark (Superman) Kent and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen head down to cover the story of a strange meteor in the People’s Republic of Tropica, a chunk of RED Kryptonite causes the Man of Steel to undergo a strange transformation into a Super Soviet
Even if you wish it was, this is not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Unless Jimmy can get his comrade — er, pal back on the side of the red white and blue within 48 hours, it’ll be Tass, Pravda and the Soviet Way forever! Find out if one proud American can stand against the Red Menace

Real Name: Boris Badenov
Occupation: No-Goodnik
Home: Poyysylvania
Education: Degree at U.S.C. (The University of Safe-Cracking)

Biography: Most foreign agents use their mind, physical strength, and agility to accomplish their missions. Boris uses explosives, lots of them. He and his accomplice, Natasha Fatale, were sent to America by the ruthless dictator Fearless Leader. Their mission is to usually steal something very valuable in order to bring it back to their homeland. Unfortunately for him, Boris is always foiled at the last minute, partly due to his involvement with a certain moose and squirrel, but mostly because of  his ego.

Real Name: Natasha Fatale 
Occupation: Secret Agent
Home: Everywhere
Education: Expelled from college

Biography: Natasha was a former Miss Transylvania. She is believed to be the love child of Axis Sally and Count Dracula, although nothing has been proven (blood work, yum). When she moved to the "New World" at age 19, she had a part time modeling job with Charles Addams and another popping out of cakes at stag parties. Although Boris has asked for her hand many times, she refuses to part with it. "Its my hand dollink, he can get his own," said Ms. Fatale.

Real Name: Unknown, just call him Fearless Leader  
Occupation: Corrupt Dictator
Home: Pottsylvania
Education: P.U. (Pottsylvania University, it stinks).

Biography: Fearless Leader is both the military and spiritual leader of Pottsylvania. He rules with an iron fist when his chrome fist is in for repairs. Fearless Leader has no hesitations in offing co-workers that have done him wrong. He's considered the ultimate badnik of the entire country, and does nothing to hide his ambitions to rule the world. Ultimate evil comes at a price though. Often he is too busy running his country to steal his fortunes. He continues to send his special agents, Boris and Natasha around the world to obtain his riches and secret information. 

Is Donald Trump "playing" the Mass Media?

"Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage?" - Charlie Martin

A collection of “persuasive” cartography:  Maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send a message - rather than to communicate geographic information. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools ​, including​ allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. 

The Octopus, a Motif of Evil in Historical Propaganda Maps

What Can I Do to Fight Communism

Two Faces of Communism (1961) 
32 page anti-communism comic produced by the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade (CACC)

An collection of satirical maps of Europe

International borders that are visible from space
The US/Mexico border is clearly visible from space using an infrared lens. On the north side is the US, which is covered in rich farmland (coloured in red), while the barren expanse of land in Mexico is punctuated with fields. 

My wife was telling me that man can’t live on beer and oysters alone. She reckons I need more variety in my diet. Seeing how she takes such good care of me, I thought it would be a good idea to appease her. After a period of deep reflection on the matter of beer food and dietary concerns, I reckon some kind of tom yum would be an ideal food for the chilly season. 

The Evil Blogger Lady reports : Oysters are always in season!

Crazy Natalia Poklonskaya Stuff
 Another Friday, another opportunity to take a break from politics and stuff and enjoy some attractive young ladies.

Standard disclaimer: some of the following Rule 5 links are to photographs liable to cause unfavorable reactions from wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, fellow workers, bosses, Gender Studies majors, and other people in a position to make your life miserable. Discretion is advised.

Fred Dude's Friday Babes

Friday Night Babe is Rashida Jones

Big Boob Friday with Kendra Sunderland

Vintage Photos That Document Daily Life of Gypsy Rose Lee, America's Most Celebrated Stripper, in 1949

Tonight's Vintage Babe is  Annette Andre

A collection of William Mortensen's works

Recommended Hotness - Abigail Ratchford

Sultress - Cora Skinner

(Russian long jumper, runner and model)

An Ashley Graham megapost!

411 - Wonder Woman 

Thai Summer 2017 Cleavage Collection

BeCos(play) It's Friday

More Glorious Girls Of The Redheaded Rebellion

Princess Of The Redheaded League

Check Out NSFW Fred Dude!

"The best posts I have seen this week" - Proof Positive Dude

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere

Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXXV)

Rodney's far out space

The last word...

Friday, May 12, 2017


A young Stevie Nicks (the bohemian chick) graces this behemothic meta blog post! Moreover... "This groovy post is also rockin plenty of far out planetary science and heaps of nifty vintage stuff" - FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

Plenty of Stevie Nicks
  Stevie Nicks on Twirling, Kicking Drugs and a Lifetime With Lindsey
Stevie Nicks in the 1970s

“Some people don't sleep at night - I am one of those people. These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire... I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model...” - Stevie Nicks explained

Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? "With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings." - Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks, A bad Ass?
I am pretty fearless, and you know why? Because I don't handle fear very well; I'm not a good terrified person. - Stevie Nicks

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft beams back the sharpest images of Jupiter — EVER 

Cassini carries 72.3 pounds of plutonium-238, in a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG). When it was launched on its billion-mile trip, on October 15, 1997, the plutonium put out enough heat to be converted into 878 watts of electricity – about two-thirds of what a hair dryer draws, but sufficient to run the instruments and radios. Twenty years later, it is still putting out about 600 watts

BTW - Curiosity uses a radio-thermal generator like the one on Cassini. Also, the New Horizons probe that visited Pluto in the summer of 2015 used a similar generator. That generator is still running, as the probe prepares to visit an object in the Kuiper Belt on January 1, 2019.

HERA, the Human Exploration Research Analog, is a three-story, closed habitat at NASA’s Johnson Space Center used to simulate long-duration human spaceflight missions.

No one is going to colonize Mars...

This is an animation of ocean surface currents from June 2005 to December 2007 from NASA satellites. Watch how bigger currents like the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuroshio in the Pacific carry warm waters across thousands of miles at speeds greater than four miles per hour (six kilometers per hour); how coastal currents like the Agulhas in the Southern Hemisphere move equatorial waters toward Earth's poles; and how thousands of other ocean currents are confined to particular regions and form slow-moving, circular pools called eddies.

For 15 years, the GRACE mission has unlocked mysteries of how water moves around our planet. 

Maureen Marine

Laura Poitras Reveals 'Falling Out' with Julian Assange
Technology is not neutral and neither are the people striving to wield it to greatest effect. It is hard for liberals and non-liberals to understand that technology, not liberalism, is the real driver of globalization.
Get your morning at HeroPress 

One of the hotbeds where a new technological ideology is forming is alt-journalism. Alt-journalists operate with a post-tabloid, kinetic style which exploits that consciousness and assaults the senses. This blowhard style - exemplified by pro-Trump Periscoper and Youtuber Mike Cernovich - wins alt-journalists popularity among their Youtube, Reddit, Twitter, Gab, and 4chan fans.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the FBI assumes an importance and influence it has not wielded since the J. Edgar Hoover’s era. This is what makes today’s batch of stories from The Intercept, The FBI’s Secret Rules, based on a trove of long-sought confidential FBI documents, so critical: It shines a bright light on the vast powers of this law enforcement agency, particularly when it comes to its ability to monitor dissent and carry out a domestic war on terror

So, if you’re keeping score, Trump has now fired Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and James Comey — all three of whom are potentially most likely definitely sitting on explosive criminal information on Trump. Probably just a coincidence!

The Tail of Alfred E. Neuman
 In light of recent myriad screw ups, criticizing or lampooning the FBI has become standard media fare. But when J. Edgar Hoover ran the joint, the bureau wouldn't stand for such swipes and often retaliated by investigating its foes. So that's why it's great to see that Mad magazine wasn't intimidated by J. Edgar Hoover and seemed to take pleasure in needling the Director. In these excerpts from the MAD magazine's FBI files, J. Edgar Hoover and company show they've got one lousy sense of humor.

In 1957 the FBI felt threatened by MAD after the magazine ran a piece about draft dodging as a game, which involved writing to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and asking him for “full-fledged draft dodger” membership card. An FBI agent directed his bureau’s New York offices to “make contact” with MAD and “advise them of our displeasure” and to make sure “that there be no repetition of such misuse of the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s name.” 

The Quantico chick, Alex Parish 
China bans private online news reporting

The Management Dude
 Another Friday, another opportunity to take a break from politics and stuff and enjoy some attractive young ladies. Most of the following Rule 5 links are to photos generally considered NSFW, and the management is not responsible for any damages incurred by readers who fail to click at an appropriate time and place. All chicks in this post is assumed to be 100% cage-free, natural, organic, free-range and pesticide-free unless labeled otherwise.

This Rule 5 special is dedicated to Tunisia's main contribution to the world, Kenza Fourati

Fred Dude's Friday Babes

Femme Fatale Friday: Taylor Momsen

Friday Night Babe is Emily Berrington

Friday Femme Fatale

Big Boob Friday with Nigella Lawson

One of Hollywood’s favourite sex symbols of the 20th century, Jayne Mansfield was as notorious for her publicity stunts as she was for her provocative presence on-screen. But in 1962, things got a little more dramatic when the actress was reported lost at sea, feared drowned after her boat capsized in the Bahamas. The ordeal quickly reached the tabloids– a story of Jayne Mansfield fighting off sharks, washing up on tiny island nearby, before eventually being rescued by a boat and brought to shore where an army of photographers were waiting for the money shot. The star had often been accused of trying too hard to become a star with her over-eagerness for being photographed in her private life and the papers were quick to brand the dramatic rescue as a publicity stunt. So was her shipwreck a case of the Hollywood bombshell who cried wolf?

Photographs of ’50s Pinup Queen Bettie Page Were Nearly Destroyed!

Irving Klaw was targeted during the Kefauver Hearings of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, in which his photographs were claimed to be causing deviance, perversion and violence. Irving Klaw was not charged, but felt compelled to burn his Bettie Page prints and negatives upon returning to New York. 

Hollywood's Hays Code
Opinion:  More than a few new prime time TV series feature torture and the like. I don't call that entertainment...

Weird Tales: Margaret Brundage, The First Lady Of Pulp Pinup Art

Counterculture bohemian Margaret Brundage was the first female pinup artist, tempting pulp readers with her scantily clad, whip-wielding vixens. 

Margaret Brundage is best known for her sensationalistic covers gracing popular pulp magazine Weird Tales, from 1932 to 1945. They featured scantily clad, voluptuous temptresses and damsels in distress, often contending with supernatural figures in compromising positions. Her work illustrated stories from such authors as H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, and Conan creator Robert E. Howard.

Tonight's Vintage Babe is Joyce Compton

Luigina 'Gina' Lollobrigida, international sex symbol.

Stilettos and Spankings: The Impossibly buxom blondes of erotic illustrator Bill Ward 

"More than the truth is out there"
Gillian Anderson

Sultress - Joanna Krupa

Stuck in the Middle With You
(Cleavage and stuff)

Meghan Hardin's Double Bogies

Rule 5 - Barbi Benton

Cornucopia Of Life Size Sex Dolls

BeCos(play) It's Friday

Boobtastic Instagram Models To Follow In 2017

Cosplay this week

More Glorious Girls Of The Redheaded Rebellion

NSFW Fred Dude!
"The best posts I have seen this week" - Proof Positive Dude

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere

Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXXIV)

Rodney's far out space