MIND VIRUS: The weaponizing of lies.

Truth becomes an endangered species when lies obscure reality.

As 2020 nears, the propaganda games accelerate and even rational thinkers are under siege from militarized lies.

Lies are not innocuous. They target democracy’s heart.

2/ TRUTH MURDERER: “Trump is not simply a serial liar; he is attempting to murder the very idea of truth.

‘The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth’”- @Kasparov63
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/donald-trumps-sinister-assault-truth/591925/ @TheAtlantic
3/ Weaponized lies is a military strategy. Even when lies are proven to be false, the damage is done. @yevhenfedchenko walks us through the fire in this 2016 study, which shows the evolution of calculated lies from the Cold War. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1138988629043187712?s=21
4/ Anyone who read Mueller’s indictments of the Russian military’s troll operations targeting America’s election to aid Trump into office, knows we remain ensnared in a cyberwar with no leadership. These are military ops with historical precedents. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1139180430920261638?s=21
5/ Our illegitimate president* aided into office on a militarized disinformation campaign benefits from ongoing “active measures.” Here’s a bulletpoint explainer: https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1139224386316034048?s=21
6/ Backing up: Still confused on whether or not a serial liar and documented fraudster was legitimately elected? Please refer to my Mueller Report thread, which breaks it down in bite-size pieces. Trump is an illegitimate president*, and he knows it. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1121689602782183425?s=21
7/ What do the incarcerated, fired, and resigned members of Trump’s inner circle have in common? They lie. Why would they lie? Because the truth is treasony. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1128011323416014848?s=21
8/ PSYCHIC BRUTALITY: In studying @yevhenfedchenko work on the psychic brutality of militarized disinformation campaigns and the plague they present to democratic nations, it’s critical to note how gains are calculated. Proving truth doesn’t offset damage. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1139229084959965184?s=21
9/ DISMISS, DISTORT, DISTRACT, DISMAY: To fully grasp the anatomy of an info-war, get used to funneling lies through the “4Ds” filter. The goal is to exhaust rational thought and keep democratic nation’s in a perpetual outrage and confusion cycle. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1139251173523783680?s=21
10/ It doesn’t matter why Trump lies as he breathes. What matters is the impact it’s having on rational thought. MSM parroting his every sick utterance fans the flames of confusion. Assigning shit debunkers doesn’t help. The lies are harming our country. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/985934987810623488?s=21
11/ MIND VIRUS: The enormity of demoralizing, fomenting and disinforming content posted on social media is seeping into the psyches of those hired to moderate content. Watchdogs are being brainwashed. That’s the severity of this war. Plz read @CaseyNewton https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1141399057547444225?s=21
12/ AMPLIFYING LIES: The GOP is dying, so it resorts to subterfuge to stay in the game. At least bots can’t spell. At least that. https://twitter.com/brooklynmarie/status/1141506748307529728?s=21
13/ The term “Mind Virus” was born out of a convo with @theashbhat about a bot-busting program he co-created. I was describing the psychic bashing of a coordinated botnet attack on my candidate and on me while working on a campaign. So this was cathartic.
14/ SCHIZO-VICHY MSM: A big hindrance to clearing up the mind virus plaguing our country is the mainstream media’s inability to pick a lane. Execs know the administration* is a fraud, but they keep trying to have it both ways to the detriment of truth. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1133614554183680000?s=21
15/ COORDINATED LIES: Thousands of trees have died as thoughtful reporters tried to parse the “whys” of the lies. Follow the billionaires—both foreign and domestic—the kompromised and the fake churchy, and it all leads to the same fraudy f*ckery: Red Don. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1135514963647221760?s=21
17/ @Teri_Kanefield wrote in @Slate: “In a totalitarian regime, state-controlled media normalizes the leader’s constantly changing stories, which serves to further obliterate any notion of a shared truth.”

She urges us to form a united front against lies. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/trump-lies-kavanaugh-khashoggi.html
18/ Consider #8 in this astute @Teri_Kanefield thread on lies:

“8/ The strategy is effective because the opponents of autocracy must stay grounded in the truth. Lies are easier to spread.” https://twitter.com/teri_kanefield/status/1083400106865377280?s=21
19/ LYING IS THE MESSAGE As @davidfrum wrote in the @TheAtlantic back in the first daze of 2017, if this were happening in Honduras, we would know what to call it. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1015837839068499969?s=21
20/ KOORDINATED LIES: As @TimothyDSnyder notes in his epic Trump-Russia thread: the lies go way back and are koordinated. https://twitter.com/timothydsnyder/status/1117433522204106753?s=21
21/ So back to #10, @mikesmariani brilliant @VanityFair explainer on TrumPutin Media:
“Trump and his team’s espousal of fake news, embrace of ‘alternative facts,’ and relentless lying..sabotage a democratic playing field that has existed in this country for more than 2 centuries”
22/ Con. from #10: “Trump’s use of Twitter is equally destructive. By hijacking headlines and warping the news cycle..Trump is rupturing journalism. The effect..is to undercut any attempt at vigilant analysis or coherent investigation into his administration.”- @mikesmariani
25/ Trump’s campaign manager, the one not yet in prison, is paid to give a speech in Romania. The same Romania that made it into the Steele Dossier, his sources alleging Trump’s campaign joined Russian ops to hire Romanian hackers. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1129248544395653120?s=21
26/ So we know Trump’s campaign manager tweeted Russian propaganda, we know he still works with Cambridge Analytica vets and we know his new company is shady as f*ck. When Americans finally see all the 2016 ads, we’ll know the score. Below image courtesy of an L.A. street artist.
27/ TROLLING FOR DOLLARS: And yet, #SchizoVichyMSM continues to normalize trolls. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1133626364899102720?s=21
28/ DETRUMPIFICATION: We may have temporarily lost a third of America, so now it’s about holding the line and planning a strategic recovery. It starts, says @DMRDynamics, with a recommitment to honesty.
30/ Remember that time Trump sided with Putin against our own intelligence then denied it. See, it’s not just little lies about little things, but big lies revealing even bigger truths. Truths we must see with our eyes, such as Trump being a Russian proxy. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1136688323164925952?s=21
32/ One of the biggest lies being played on Americans at the moment is that Trump is our big problem. When in fact, he’s bad puppet theatre—a dreadful, even lethal, distraction—to a much bigger crisis which we are doing nothing to solve. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1136639377285664769?s=21
33/ MUNICH POST: It’s important to note that none of this is new, it’s simply new to America. Reporters from the Munich Post were heroes til the bitter end. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1109186838512558080?s=21
36/ Words, with meaning intact, may be the only thing left to save us. https://twitter.com/millenpolitics/status/1044925194014543872?s=21
37/ U.S. has 327 million people; 19k showed up in Orlando but MSM 🔎s. Russian military attack on our democratic systems and national psyche is pointed directly at the heart of democracy and parroted by the Trump campaign (see indictment). We being played.
38/ So how do we beat back the mind virus, the disturbing and disturbed liars of TrumPutin Inc? We’ll need to educate Americans on difference between propaganda and facts, offer classes in critical thinking and thoroughly investigate—and punish—those who push hate for profit📺🔨
39/ CODA: As truth becomes an endangered species, plz note those propagating lies are not only disadvantaging rational thought but our very existence on this planet. For these liars are also science deniers. We are in crisis and we have zero days to waste.
NEXT UP: To get climate justice for our living planet, we must bury the GOP. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1144370501730500608?s=21
EPILOGUE: A meta-thread with all my threads in one place.

Of particular value to the “Mind Virus” readers are #9-13. We are a target nation of ongoing Russian IW attacks—a war undeclared—because if the GOP were to declare war, they’d go down for treason. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1143177699025809409?s=21
SOLUTIONS TO CURING THE MIND VIRUS: They’re out there. Political will required. https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1160225838421331969?s=21
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PSYCH WARS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK: https://twitter.com/heidi_cuda/status/1152989738346807296?s=21
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