Modern Labour Gaslighting

While the Tory Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, states that “Labour deserved to lose last UK election”, it worth noting that there is proof that the Conservatives and Boris Johnson won because of an establishment stitch up. The proof is from the Loughborough University which shows the newspaper industry was overwhelmingly negative against Jeremy Corbyn and Labour while not shining any light on the lightweight policies of Boris Johnson and the inane “Get Brexit Done” sloganeering.

There should be no shock that the press are mainly right wing and owned by the rich billionaires (who finance at least third of Tory funds) and also stand to benefit financially from Brexit.

The fix was in on GE2019 with a well funded, military style full-spectrum pysop campaign using the Press (well that’s a given!), TV – even the BBC showing extreme bias against Labour (even Murdoch-owned Sky News had more balanced coverage), Radio and the latest weapon in media operations: social media technology: big data controlled targetted ads, AI-controlled social media bots and sock puppets. Ground campaign? Nah. They didn’t need traditional campigning on the streets and couldn’t man-it anyhow…

Most readings of the GE2019 election results was that there was a swing from Labour to the Conservatives when in fact the swing was mainly from Labour to the Liberals, opening up many three-way-split seats to Tory wins. This was all predicted by Dominic Cummings that forecast an 80 majority win, confounding all other polls and forecasts, and delivered the exact number of seats predicted. That level of precision needs computers…

We have to assume that despite the likelihood of BJ being forced from office sometime after Brexit, what will happen in GE2024? Labour may win some liberal voters with Starmer’s centrism but will it enough to counter the loss of socialists? They are feeling insulted from Starmer’s apparent blame on them, and Labour’s targetted leader (despite the 2017 and 2019 campaign both being undermined by “Blairites” in Labour HQ) and now currently leaving the party in droves? They are being courted both by the Greens and Liberal Democrats (who have recently backed a good socialist policy of Universal Basic Income).

There are several layers of Gaslighting going on here.

Fear will unlock Fascism

Conscious evolutionary entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den ‘Dragon’ Rachel Elnaugh speaks out about what she believes is currently unfolding, both in the UK and globally and her fears of the drift towards fascism.

When asked about being a “Conscious evolutionary entrepreneur”, she stated…

“…capitalism is fundamentally about scarcity and really about putting money ahead of all other considerations. As we move into this new era, we’re seeing that businesses that aren’t just about profit but are also very much about people and about the planet are really coming to the fore… a much wider idea of success than just money. We’re seeing a massive change and we’re also starting to unravel some of the programmes of capitalism like scarcity. For example, with renewable energy, the sun never stops shining, the waves and the wind never stop. There’s so much natural resource to tap into that I think this deep programme of scarcity is being unravelled and uninstalled.”

Rachel Elnaugh

In her latest video, she warns that the establishment is using the covid-19 pandemic to attack people and the planet. She urged everyone to actively resist encroaching fascism. And the key was to resist being fearful. See her video below where she states:

Changes to the Law

The Johnson government is changing the law to allow unlicensed vacinnes to be mandatorily administrered to the population by untrained personnel with no liability on Big Pharma.

This is discussed in detail in this video…

Covid19 is a bioweapon

Spiro Skouras interviews the author of the US Biowarfare Act, Professor Francis Boyle, who confirms that covid-19 is a bioweapon (as discussed previously on the Daily Gaslamp) and uncovers four separate studies which he claims confirm as ‘smoking gun’ evidence the virus known as COVID19 was weaponized.

Conclusion

So picking up some threads…

  • Brexit and GE2019 was a pysop
  • No-one is discussing the origin of Covid-19. The best theory of its origin is Theory Number 4: The USA made it happen. Especially in relation to the agenda being pushed because of the exposure of the Gates-Epstien-Eugenics link. It was a planned event!
  • Which puts more credit to the notion that Covid-19 was in any case Man-Made confirmed by bioweapons expert Professor Francis Boyle.
  • Even if was “all natural”, it is still all a rich-man’s trick being exploited to further a eugenics agenda.

Resist and Don’t be fearful.

June Gaslight

Ripped off from Facebook with Gaslighting Adjustments…

The odd nugget of journalistic genius and wisdom whereby Jeremy Corbyn is blamed for the loss of the election needs to be addressed. This is an attempt at covering-up the widespread PysOp against Corbyn. That’s why people supposedly “didn’t like him.”

The fact that he behaved less ruthlessly than your average politician DID NOT lose him the election at all. If it wasn’t for the illegal rigging of the result he won fair and square. The #antisemitism lies and #propaganda weren’t enough to do the hatchet job on their own. That’s why the Russian interference documents will never be published. Any document that goes anywhere near it will be swamped with redaction lines. This government is corrupt. Observe how the #jobsfortheboys #nepotism is ever present.

Look at the huge areas of gaslighting currently happening in June 2020:

  • Continuing destruction of the environment and health standards. While eyes are on #COVID19 they are dismantling and overwriting all sorts of things such as food labelling and standards to allow the introduction of GMO foods, hormone injected beef and cholrinated chicken… or restarting fracking… or starting the planning process for a SECOND new Nuclear power station. HS2, the whitest elephant in the room, blunders on. We need rail investment, but honestly, it would be cheaper to build a tunnel from London to Birmingham than this nature-blighting, vanity project.
  • Human rights. The small print accompanying everything they do, but we, me, you, everyone, are not informed of the really awful bits. If you dig you’ll find them. Our rights are being eroded by the day, just play around with searches and you’ll find all sorts. #powergrabs
  • Funding for Overseas Aid will go, that was announced this week. Thinly veiled statements of intent to reduce funding for countries with black citizens in favour of white populations. So much for #blacklivesmatter
  • In your face embarassment. A £million for a paint job on an aeroplane for Presidential-style jaunts. Peanut money, I guess, but its return will be increasing British embarassment every time BJ steps out of it.
  • The Rich Getting Away With It. Prince Andrew will see no force applied for him to face old murdered Epstein’s antics. The rich are on holiday… A new royal yacht. Shame about the poor people.
  • Expect Austerity Measures. Austerity is no more a useful or necessary strategy than it ever was. #austerity #unnecessary What we need is a Jobs Guarentee, Modern Monetary Theory and a Green New Deal – the right wing agenda in UK and USA is unlikely to deliver us any change to the current capitalist foot stamping on the face of humanity. Triple lock on pensions is to go. They could also tax the rich! But they won’t of course.
  • The constant lies from the UK government! Lies about COVID death numbers, for instance. The total is at least 20,000 more than the “official” toll. Withholding the newer, higher R number. None of the “5 rules” satisfied. #science A 2nd wave of COVID19 is surely unavoidable; though they try to mould every detail on briefings to sound like all the stupid measures they’re about to take aren’t going to kill lots of people. They stopped “following the science” months ago but they lie about it. They blame Apple for the flop of the contact tracing app but that’s a lie too, they never even spoke to them. Hancock just stood there lying into the camera, not realising that Apple may be able to hear him. #idiot #liar
  • Brexit Disaster Imminent. A worldwide pandemic isn’t important enough to slow that runaway train down! Pile that on top of the #pandemic and see what a catastrophe we’ve got on our hands. A brilliant legacy for our kids and grandkids. All the Brexiteers will be dead, they won’t be the ones to feel the pain.
  • An Un-United Kingdom. #Scotland is likely to not only go Independent but rebuild Hadrian’s Wall!
  • No change in the mainstream media propaganda machine which includes not only the right-wing, billionaire-backed newspapers but also the BBC, all TV, all Hollywood output. Even social media platforms! It is all Gaslighting. If it was just shades of opinion it wouldn’t be so bad. But no the real facts are not even being discussed. Meanwhile, Julian Assange is slowly but surely dying, again where’s the media coverage and outrage? Another hero that should be celebrated, but he’ll die instead. He has committed no crime (that he hasn’t paid for) Unless you say publishing factually correct information on war crimes, a crime. #wikileaks

Welcome to the Brave New 1984 World Order.

Covid-19: Competing Theories

As we come to work out how to get out of the death spiral assoctaed with the lock-down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have to consider how we have got into this state and “what can we blame”…

Theories

This examines the competing theories to see if any

1. Natural Occurance – World Slow to Respond3. Made-it Happen – China to Blame
2. Natural Occurance – China as source and kept it quiet4. Made-it Happen – USA to Blame
Competing Theories for Covid-19 Pandemic

Theory 1

1. Natural Occurance – World Slow to RespondProCon
The science proves it is a natural virusScientists says the virus was natural and come from bats.Virulent virus – highly transmittable – never been seen before, just happens to come from city with a biological weapons establishment.
The MSM would tell the truthMainstream media narrative consistentMainstream media just reporting politician statements, owned by billionaires and not doing investigative reporting or holding government to account.
It is unexpectedNo-one would expect such a large scale pandemic and so unprepared for such an event.A Pandemic has been the number 1 risk in National Risk Registers for decades. There are many rehearsals and scenario planning for this event. The last one in UK was 2017 which identified the issue of lack of ventilators, ICU beds and PPE.
Our politicians are incompentant and corruptDifficulties in sourcing ventilators, PPE, testing kits. “Emails being lost in spam folder”. USA and UK seem in lock step in their levels of incompetance. Companies that are rewarded are either “cheap” and don’t conform to specification or from Tory Party donors.
Any talk that this is anything other than natural is a “Conspiracy Theory”As discussed here. “unlike most conspiracy theories, medical ones can have deadly consequences.”Making the subject taboo in the MSM makes rational discussion almost impossible.
Pros and Cons of Theory Number 1 Natural Occurance

Theory Number 1 is mainstream. It’s just a giant coincidence…

Theory 2

Natural Occurance – China as source and kept it quietProCon
It’s a naturally occuring virus but the Chinese covered up the extent on the problem.Whistleblowers were surpressed. No they weren’t.
Donald Trump said China was to blameChina surpressed newsChina identified Covid-19 “in the city of Wuhan” only in December 2019.
Pros and Cons of Theory Number 2 Natural Occurance – China as source and kept it quiet

Theory Number 2 is just a push towards Theory Number 3, trying to push the blame onto China.

Theory 3

Made-it Happen – China to BlameProCon
Virulent virus comes from city with a biological weapons establishment.Scientists from the P-4 Lab have worked on SARS and COVID like viruses since 2015 collaborating with USA.Coincidence that this highly transmitable virus has only decide to transmit at this time at a location that has a biological weapons establishment.
China’s main site of biological weapons is in Wuhan. Covid-19 could have leaked out.The worked was acknowledged as being risky. Fears of leaks from US Fort Detrick have happened as recently as Summer 2019. Virus researchers claim that lab procedures were tight and a lab leak couldn’t happen.
China wanted to surpress riots in Hong Kong.Riots stopped because of medical emergency.If it was premeditated why was the virus ground zero in Wuhan (central China) rather than an area closer to Hong Kong?
Donald Trump said China was to blamePresident of the USA had INTEL that China was to blame.Trump is a racist, point scoring, idiot in an election year.
Pros and Cons of Theory Number 3 Made-it Happen – China to Blame

Theory Number 3 arises because of the location of the P-4 Lab. So many people believe there was a leak from the Lab that this theory is mainstream: the Chinese are to blame but it was not pre-meditated.

Theory 4

Made-it-Happen – USA to blameProCon
Alleged by China that first cases of Covid-19 recorded in old age facility close to Fort Detrrick, the US Labs responsible for Biological Weapons.News story hereThis maybe some other disease.
Fort Detrick’s viral lab was closed down in August 2019 by CDC because of a leak (and various deficiencies).News story here. Note that Fort Detrick was also the source of the Anthrax that was distributed across USA after 9/11.Coincidence.
Pandemic rehearsal in September 2020News story here. Bill Gates has a specific agenda.Coincidence. There are many such rehearsals. Bill Gates is a philanthropist.
Alleged by China: US Troops brought Covid-19 to the Military Games staged in Wuhan in October 2019News story here.
• The American Military Games team trained at a location near Fort Detrick.
• The 300-strong US contingent to the Military Games stayed at the Wuhan Oriental Hotel, 300 meters from the Huanan Seafood Market where China’s outbreak began .
• 42 employees of the Oriental Hotel were diagnosed with COVID-19, becoming the first cluster in Wuhan. At the time only 7 people from the market had been thus diagnosed (and treated before the hotel staff). All 7 had contact with the 42 from the hotel. From this source, the virus spread to the rest of China.
• Five of the US troops developed a fever on Oct. 25 and were taken to an infectious-diseases hospital for treatment.
• Pompeo wanted the Chinese not to publicize what they had found.
• The Chinese point out that the US medal tally at the games was so low that the team selected for the games had an agenda other than athelitics.
Chinese propaganda.
If the USA is to blame then there must have been an agenda! Support for a billionaire’s agenda:
Billionaire’s getting rich from Covid-19
• Supporting a Eugenics agenda and reducing world’s population
Disaster capitalism
• Excellent timing of outbreak with relationalship to UK GE2019 (Won on two slogans: “Get Brexit Done” and “our wonderful NHS”)
• Excellent timing to hide No Deal Brexit, the non-publication of the Russia Report and Acuri Scandal.
• Excellent timing to hide any further Epstien revelations (and his relationships to Prince Andrew, Clintons, Blair and… Bill Gates (even after Epstien was in Jail) and Donald Trump!)
It’s not helping Trump!
Pros and Cons of Theory Number 4 Made-it Happen – USA to Blame

But That Means…

Surely Theory 4 is just too bizarre? If the USA were to blame they deliberately set out with pre-meditation to release Covid-19 on the world knowing that it would kill the old, poor, overweight and BAME… Well for that to happen they would have to have a good cover story… like being able to blame it on China… and extreme media coverage to make sure that the story stuck. It would mean that they would have to a huge and concerted military style pyschological operations. A giant PysOp!

It would also mean access to huge amount of data! Not to determine health outcomes but whether their PysOp was working! The data behind the COVID-19 pandemic was never reliable, with test kits being inaccurate, government policies inflating the death counts, and the media focusing solely on fear-based predictions that are repeatedly proven false. Indeed, there are scientists and government leaders from other countries, including Russia, Germany and Denmark, speaking out about how the coronavirus threat may have been exaggerated.

Who Benefits?

As reported in the Daily Gaslamp, the outcomes of the coronavirus scare have included huge windfalls for billionaires, financial institutions, and corporations. Legislation being passed in response to COVID-19 is largely beneficial to corporate interests. The outcomes for everyone else have been fear, unemployment, poverty, loss of freedoms, grave risks to democracy, and death.

The Covid Event closely follows plans disclosed 15 years ago by Strategic Communications Laboratories SCL which nominally closed down after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018. SCL’s key associates include Nigel Oakes, Mark Broughton and the Behavioral Dynamics Institute, a virtual lab led by Professor Phil Taylor of Leeds University. The techniques include manipulating people to demand the new restrictions rather than simply forcing the laws upon us.

But you cannot help but conclude:

  • the people and agencies driving the coronavirus scare have a history of unethical behaviors, including hyping pandemics to push vaccines and other drugs;
  • appear to seek long-term profits through implementation of a highly controlled society
  • Eugenics-like behaviours…

Therefore, the response to COVID-19, not the virus itself, can be seen to be the problem. The virus had been deliberately selected, refined, tested and released… all for a eugenics based agenda and for profit. And the implications that it was released when it was is also important and no longer coincidental: the timing has been perfect for UK and USA regarding the elections and for Brexit…

And for this argument to be fully explored… I suggest the following parts 1, 2, 3 and (the best) part 4:

Review and Consider

Are there any alternative theories or missing data? Update Number 1: try this…

This video is further discussed here.

Index to the The Daily GasLamp (TDG)

Some light reading for you… if you are still interested…

Covid-19

This TDG article considers the different theories for the sources of Covid-19 and comes up with a startling conclusion and taps into work that others have been working upon, including compelling analysis that Covid-19 is manmade!

About this site

This site was set up in the wake of the strange Tory victory in the 2019 General Election. Strange because it was won by the Tories by the precise margin predicted by Dominic Cummings – 80 seats – and confounding all other polls. See this post.

What magic was Dominic Cummings using? IT magic! Used in conjunction with standard methods of commercial marketting and Pyschological Operations. The novel use of technology to infulence elections was invented by Cambridge Analytic and has been proven worldwide…

The impact on Democracy of the use of Big Data – the combination of demographic data, pychographic data and social media – is described in the Daily Gaslamp’s first animated movie.

A collection of the evidence for the GE2019 Fraud is given here. Postal vote fraud is nothing new to UK politics as evidence here. The government itself admits the “system is under strain” – even without considering the impact of technology (particularly the use of bots, AI and Big Data).

What have they done?

Since January, the UK Prime Minister has busily been avoiding taking responsibility for anything…

Response by Election Commission and Infromation Commissioner Office is given here. They both admit to problems with “social media” and data analytics but have no solutions.

Gaslighting – there is nothing to see… 😉

Gaslighted by the British Army

The British Army has been reorganised over the last 10 years as part of a plan called Army 2020 Refine. While generally shrinking the Army organisation, there is one area which is new and growing and that is 77th Brigade. This is the UK’s military PysOp group.

At full strength, the Brigade would consist of 453 military and civilian personnel with staff also from FCO and the Stabilisation Unit, of this total there will be 440 military posts in the brigade with up to 42% of these being reservists. A FOI answer in December 2016 stated that the brigade consisted of 182 regular and 266 reserve posts with only half of those posts filled.

In April 2019, a Scottish Labour candidate faced questions over links to a ‘secretive military propaganda unit’ aka 77th Brigade. The implication being is that 77th Brigade was involved in operations to secure the union in the Scottish Referundum, a point made within Craig Murray’s blog. (Craig Murray is now indited, by the way, because of his legal reporting of the failed Alex Salmond court case).

In October 2019, a Twitter exec was accused of working for 77th Brigade… “Twitter Executive Revealed to Be ‘Psyops’ Soldier Linked to Spreading Disinformation Across Social Media”. In this article, it reveals the comments of David Miller, a professor of political sociology in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, who has been studying propaganda and public relations efforts concerning the British government. He believes that the links being social media and 77th Brigade “threat to our democracy,” saying

“I would say I know a good amount about army propaganda and ‘psyops’ operations as they’re called, but what is interesting is how little information we have 77th Brigade, I suppose it means that all their work is covert, but what I would like to know is what they exactly are they doing? Are they just tracking accounts or are they trying to influence people’s views? …And because we know so little about exactly what they’re doing, we have to look elsewhere for clues. If we look at the documents leaked by Edward Snowden about the NSA and its JTRIG [Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group] program, we can see that governments are clearly lying and deceiving people by creating troll farms and fake accounts that try to influence the way people think. What the governments will say is that they are trying to prevent radicalization and acts of terrorism, but I think it’s deceptive and is a threat to our democracy. Twitter is also deceiving us because it is not acting as transparently as it could. If they are working with army personnel in this way, it is extremely damaging to our democracy.”

David Miller October, 2019
University of Bristol professor David Miller
University of Bristol professor David Miller says that links between the British Army and Twitter are a “threat to democracy”. University of Bristol

Now we know that 77th Brigade has been working to counter disinformation in the CovId-19 lock-down. Is that the disinformation from the UK Government, Donald Trump or where? That bit is not so clear.

What we do now know is captured from a whistleblower and reported UK Column, Friday 24th April, 2020. It’s worth a watch.

June 2020 Update: Kevin Ryan discusses the propspects that Covid-19 pandemic was a PysOps….

What is all the fuss about Cambridge Analytica? Part 3

So Part 1 described the background and origins of Cambridge Analytica (CA).

Part 2 described the objective of Robert Mercer and with Carole Cadwallar describing the impact on Vote Leave.

This part is about the methods and implications of CA on electoral processes.

Hitting the Headlines

In March 2018, multiple media outlets broke news of Cambridge Analytica’s business practices: The New York Times and The Observer reported that the company had used Facebook data for its campaign activities and shortly afterwards, Channel 4 News aired undercover investigative videos showing CA CEO Alexander Nix boasting about using prostitutes, bribery sting operations, and honey traps to discredit politicians on whom it conducted “opposition research”. CA claimed it had “ran all of (Donald Trump’s) digital campaign” in 2016 Presidential election. In response in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a warrant to search the company’s servers. Meanwhile Facebook banned CA from advertising on its platform, saying that it had been deceived. On 23 March 2018, the ICO was granted a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s London offices.

Amazon said that they suspended CA from using their Cloud Hosting Services. The governments of India and Brazil demanded that CA report how their data was used in political campaigning.

In early July 2018, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office announced it intended to fine Facebook £500,000 ($663,000) over the data scandal, this being the maximum fine allowed at the time of the breach, saying Facebook “contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information”.

Also in July 2019, in the USA, Facebook was fined $5billion for its minor part in the data breach.

Rather too late… CA is now “gone” but their methods, their “genie” is now out of the bottle.

What did they do?

Wikipedia describes the method CA used to gain personal data. CA developed a Facebook app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” Aleksandr Kogan, a data scientist at Cambridge University, developed the app sometimes called “thisisyourdigitallife” and provided the app to CA who then posted it to Facebook. This third-party app then had permission to acquire data from Facebook users that not only entered data into a quiz-like game but also gave the app access to information on the user’s friends network; this resulted in the data of about 87 million users, the majority of whom had no idea their personal data was being collected for political ends. It goes without saying that the app breached Facebook’s terms of service but Facebook did not police any app particularly well (hence the reason for the $5b fine).

Follow this link to hear Alexander Nix describe the CA Big Data approach elections or this one to hear how big data helped Senator Ted Cruz in 2016. Nix claims that CA had 4000 parameters for every voter in the USA. From these parameters, not only demographics and location were uncovered but also psychographic profiles, the attitudes of each person distilled down to a few variables! This allowed, for any given political campaign, what kind of advertisement would be most effective to persuade a particular person for vote (or not vote) for any particular candidate or cause.

What CA has invented is the technology to subvert the traditional election processes to introduce:

  • Personalised messages – Nix claims top down broadcasting is dead. All future elections will be personalised messages based on a person’s psychographic profile.
  • Psychographic profiles are used to identify, and then reinforce, bias and prejudices.
  • Political promises are not on mainstream media, so not open to secutiny and debate, but are on social media. Fired up and forgotten with no follow up – reverting back to before Hansard when politicians were not held to account for any commitments.
  • Complete Situation Awareness of each individual’s motivations so that in all probability, each person can be manipulated using targeted messages to vote in the way expected (plus leaving the election to nefarious manipulation).

What are Psychographics?

Psychographic profiles can be valuable in the fields of marketing, demographics, opinion research, prediction, and social research in general.

All the research for political ends has already been established for marketing and advertising of products. Demographic information includes gender, age, income, marital status – the dry facts. In the past marketing was all about Demographics: making sure your advert went out to males or females of a partical age. Psychographics are kind of like demographics. Psychographic information might be your buyer’s habits, hobbies, spending habits and values. Demographics explain “who” the buyer is, while psychographics explain “why” they buy. Advertisers now reach their target audience both by demographics and psychographics. What does it say about you if you drive BMW and read the Telegraph… or if own an allotment and make jam? All this information has been condensed down into a set of number. This approach was proven in the commercial market, CA weaponised Psychographics for electioneering…

Psychographics gained prominence in the 2016 US presidential election since both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump used them extensively in microtargeting advertisements to narrow constituencies.

So CA’s “This Is Your Digital Life” basically provided a mainline feed into pyschographic data. But CA also collected data on voters using sources such as consumer behaviourinternet activity, and other public and private sources. According to The Guardian, CA used psychological data derived from millions of Facebook users, largely without users’ permission or knowledge. Another source of information was the “Cruz Crew” mobile app that “gamified” election campaigning by giving points for the number of political social media messages circulated by the player. But more than that it tracked physical movements and contacts on the player’s smart phone and so invaded personal data more than any previous electioneering method.

Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, October 2016, said “Today in the United States we have somewhere close to four or five thousand data points on every individual … So we model the personality of every adult across the United States, some 230 million people.”

CA’s data analysis methods were to a large degree based on the academic work of Michal Kosinski. In 2008, Kosinski had joined the Psychometrics Centre of Cambridge University where he then developed with his colleagues a profiling system using general online data, Facebook-likes, and smartphone data. He showed that with a limited number of “likes”, people can be analysed better than friends or relatives can do and that individual psychological targeting is a powerful tool to influence people.

This aspect of facebook-likes is absolutely key and – as far as I can tell – is missed in most write-ups of the Presidential Election 2016 and GE2019 Fraud.

Facebook “Likes”

Most, but not all. It was discussed extensively in 2018 by CBS which states “Facebook ‘likes’ can signal a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled. The social network is under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.

The issue of the addictive nature of facebook and the dopamine hit when someone “likes” your post is well known. So how important is that “like” if it just came from a bot? Can they even do that? Yes.

Technology to Support CA

If the data collected by CA was all performed by party workers then would it all be bad? Probably not: doorstepping in elections trys to collect similar type of data. But CA introduced the mechanism to do this quite automatically, without permission, by impersonation and by the the “backdoor”. Besides the (illegal) aggregation of data from a various sources, this is the type of technology that CA used in order to recognise and give facebook “likes”:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Sentiment Analysis – this sort of AI can read thousands of posts and determine whether any particular post supports the camapign, against it or whether it is just another cat video.
  • Robot Process Automation (RPA) This allows a series of automatic actions to occur online, for instance: read a facebook message, work out if the sentiment supports the camapign, clicks the “like” button.
  • Bots and Sock Puppets – basically fake accounts – either a Bot which is a fake account which performs a repetative RPA action, for example, “liking” a facebook message; or a sock puppet, a human controlled fake account, that can enter into hundreds of discussions online dissing the opponents and/or talking up the camapign with prepared slogans.

The set up and running of this technology requires a huge amount of capital intensive investment (this is where the rich, organised “few” outgun the poor, disorganised “many”). So democracy is now a hidden war between people-powered electioneering (“the people”) against a limitless army of hidden robots controlled and funded by a few billionaires. This technological army is not even in party headquarters but can be outsourced to friendly front organisations, commercial organisations or even foriegn powers.

The Hub

The only thing needed for any political HQ is the data collection hub. HQ will ensure the right campaign messages are being fed in a way that is compelling… to a “plan”. That requires technology again but it is cheaper and readily available off the shelf in the form of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This a tool to manage an organisations interaction with current and potential customers – everytime you phone up a major corporation nowadays you are being managed by a CRM system such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce or SugarCRM. Now replace the word “customers” with “voters” and the tool works just as well. Just look at the (proven) results of CRM and see how they apply to election campaigns.

  1. Enhanced ability to target profitable customers. (Replace “profitable customers” with “likely voters”)
  2. Integrated assistance across channels. (Use of Bots, Sock Puppets, Newspapers or leaflets to promote your propaganda)
  3. Enhanced sales force efficiency and effectiveness. (Replace “salesforce” with “campaign staff”)
  4. Improved pricing. (Instead of pricing, think “extract donations”)
  5. Customized products and services. (Tailor message for particular poltical concern: health, environment, business etc)
  6. Improved customer service efficiency and effectiveness. (Improve approval ratings)
  7. Individualized marketing messages (also called plans). (A set of messages just to engage each individual voter, there can be multiple plans depending on the voter’s concern)
  8. Connect customers and all channels on a single platform. (A complete view of Voter Intentions).

Architect of the Vote Leave and Conservative GE2019, Dominic Cummings, called his central database of voters, the Voter Intention Collection System (VICS). It is described in his blog. He describes how he developed ads for social media, trialed them and targetted them. The data feeding VICS was both “conventional and unconventional” – from that we can assume conventional = demographic data – freely available to political parties – and unconventional = psychographic… as described above – illegal. Illegal to the price of $5billion just to facebook alone for allowing a loophole in its software. How much more illegal is it for people to deliberately exploit that loophole?

But wait there’s more…

Just consider the power now available to the rich elites with such technology at their disposal:

  • A list of every voter.
  • With social media data then the on-line accounts can be linked to voters in the electoral register probably in 80% of all cases.
  • This enables the identification of all people strongly aligned with campaign messages and will vote.
  • And the identification of all people strongly opposing the campaign.
  • This identifies the battle ground! The non-aligned people.

Pyschographics help sort out the battleground. Since the social network shows who is friends with whom, then the probability of voter intentions can be calculated with different levels of certainity… until you have complete and utter situation awareness of how people will vote. People do respond to the information they’ve received but if all the information is biased and plays into pre-set grooves enabled by the mainstream media then, people respond collectively in herd like behaviour. Dominic Cummings tested his “messaging” in carefully selected groups. When the message had the right effect, he sent out targeted political ads and using the AI and Big Data analysis re-calculated the expected voter intentions so that he could predict an 80 seat majority for the Tories. And he got an 80 seat majority for the Tories. This level of estimation precision requires computers. And probably coercion (see below). The Conservative Party was able to deliver an astonishing efficiency at delivering seats in 2019: One seat for every 38264 votes (a 10% efficiency improvement over 2017) while the LibDems were amazingly less efficient: one each seat for every 300,000 votes, a 50% decrease in efficency. And, unlike Jo Swinson travelling the country in a bus (and even losing her seat), Boris Johnson never really needed to go out and campaign or even do many TV interviews.

Minimum Fraud / Maximum Outcome

There are further tools in the toolchest. Having complete situation awareness allows other useful things:

  • it identifies marginal consistencies.
  • it identifies people that are unlikly to vote
  • it identifies people that will be using a postal vote
  • it identifies people that are misaligned with the electoral registers

We know postal voting fraud exists and is widespread. Complete situation awareness of voter intentions now allows two useful forms of election fraud, which can be set at the minimum level that arouses the least suspicion:

  • Voter Suppression for those people of the wrong demographics and pyschometrics that are misaligned with the electoral register and/or registered for postal votes. (eg postal votes not delivered, arrive late or invalidated). Voter suppression is regarded as a non-crime – the voter is always blamed for any administrative error.
  • Ballot Box Stuffing, by postal votes, impersonating people that are unlikely to vote. A virtually undetectable crime!

What’s all the fuss?

Now do you see what the fuss is all about?

  • No need to campaign
  • Lower campaign costs (as long the computer system costs can be hidden)
  • No need to be held to account for any promises or policies
  • Set up the perfect way to secure a seat with the minimum level of fraud – so small that it is hardly detectable.
  • Confidence of predicting the election result nationally (100% accuracy)
  • Confidence of securing any particular local seat (as long as there is a high level of postal votes!)

What is all the fuss about Cambridge Analytica? Part 1

To avoid making this article epic length, it will be broken down in stages. This is Part 1, Background

Cambridge Analytica was founded (around 2013-2015) by conservative businessmen Steve Bannon and Oligargh Robert Mercer in order to infulence the 2016 presidential election. Around 15 million dollars was originally invested into the company by Mercer as a subsidiary to the SCL group.

CA did not spring out of nowhere. It has a history and before delving into CA, you need to know more about the SCL Group and the Behavioural Dynamics Institute (BDI)

In 1990, Nigel Oakes, who had a background in TV production and advertising, founded the BDI as a research facility for strategic communication: the study of mass behaviour and how to change it. Oakes thought that to shift mass opinion, academic insights as gained through psychologists and anthropologists at BDI should be applied, and would be more successful than traditional advertising methods. Oakes established Strategic Communication Laboratories in 1993 to monetise the BDI research while BDI became a non-profit affiliate of SCL.

SCL was successful commercially and then expanded into military and political arenas. It became known for alleged involvement “in military disinformation campaigns to social media branding and voter targeting”. In 2005, “with a glitzy exhibit” at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), “the United Kingdom’s largest showcase for military technology”, SCL demonstrated its capacity in “influence operations”, in particular, “to help orchestrate a sophisticated campaign of mass deception” on the public. According to its website, SCL has participated in over 25 international political and electoral campaigns since 1994.

SCL’s involvement in the political world has been primarily in the developing world where it has been used by the military and politicians to study and manipulate public opinion and political will. It uses what have been called “PsyOps” to provide influence the thinking of the target audience. SCL claimed to be able to help foment coups. According to its website, SCL has influenced elections in Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Albania, Romania, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Colombia, Antigua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago. While the company initially got involved in elections in the United Kingdom, it ceased to do so after 1997 because staff members did not exhibit the same “aloof sensibility” as with projects abroad.

SCL claims that its methodology (more on this in a later part) has been approved or endorsed by agencies of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Federal government of the United States, among others.

CEO of CA is Alexander Nix. Follow this link to hear him describe the CA Big Data approach elections or this one to hear how big data helped Senator Ted Cruz in 2016. Where is Nix today?

For Part 2 click here

PysOp GE2019

The Previous Daily GasLamp post refered to GE2019 as a PysOp – which stands for Pyschological Operation. So PysOp is a mission conducted by Pyschological Warfare (a little known part of the art of warfare but this is still as old as Sun Tzu.) This post expands upon that statement.

Firstly the reason, why a PysOp was needed was because Jeremy Corbyn together with the Labour party had effectively challenged the Conservatives in the 2017 snap election coming close to knocking them from power. However, Teresa May clung on as PM… she later taunted Corbyn over the desptach box that he’d never become Prime Minister, perhaps alluding to an establishment stitch up. Another election was obviously only another one or two years away. The Conservatives hoped that Brexit would be achieved and would do better against Labour but by October 2019, another Brexit Deadline had been missed.

Meanwhile, the establishment, namely newsmedia, civil service, public schools, intelligence and armed services (although not the legal profession, so much) were not too pleased with Corbyn. The armed forces were using a photo of Corbyn for target practice. The establishment would plan to ensure that Corbyn with his anti-Trump, anti-Israel, anti-nuclear-weapon, anti-war, anti-Royalty policies could never be enabled.

Who could do it?

World leaders in PysOps are the USA, Israel or Russia and these countries all have a vested interested in a Conservative Win in the GE. While the UK also has a PysOps capability, it is probably unlikely that a British military services would be used, but it could be done by other UK organisations… such as the likes of the Institute for Statecraft. To quote wikipedia, their “Integrity Initiative’s twitter account had been used to smear Corbyn and the Labour Party. The Foreign Office minister, Alan Duncan ordered an investigation into the reports and stated “Not only must [anti-Labour attacks by Statecraft] stop, I want to know why on earth it happened in the first place.” MP Chris Williamson argued that it promoted the “denigration of the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn” and called for an inquiry.

If the Institute for Statecraft was not used then other, equally clandestine, organisations spun off from the Deep State could also be responsible.

What is a PysOp?

The process of a PysOP is well documented and is as follows:

  1. clearly define the mission so that it aligns with national objectives
  2. need a PSYOP estimate of the situation
  3. prepare the plan
  4. media selection
  5. product development
  6. pre-testing – determines the probable impact of the PSYOP on the target audience
  7. production and dissemination of PSYOP material
  8. implementation
  9. post-testing – evaluates audience responses
  10. feedback

So a proposed PysOp for GE2019 could look like the following:

1. Clearly define a plan: rig the election so that the Conservatives Win.

2. PYSOP estimation: the election despite being rigged but must appear to be fair and the mismatch between expectation and rigged result could be explained by propaganda generated both before and after the election.

3. The plan was prepared and tested both re-using the successful Vote Leave strategy enabled through Cambridge Analytica (see other DailyGasLamp articles how this was achieved) and secondly tested out in the Copeland Bye Election

4. Media Selection: everything! All channels to be used to bombard the public with anti-Corbyn propaganda including BBC and social media.

5. Product Development. The basic solution for this PysOp was the development of a solution that provided Situational Awareness of voter intentions. This was the solution used with Vote Leave and just upgraded for GE2019 by Dominic Cummings as described by Dominic Cummings in his blog.

6. Pre-testing. Dominic Cummings describes how pre-testing of social media ads was done on small groups then expanded out and in any case, the approach was successful in Vote Leave. Facebook allowed targeting of ads to just the people that would be most susceptible.

7. Production of PysOp material – besides the usual right wing newspapers – included the supposedly politically neutral BBC that seemed intent on creating the worst character assassination of Corbyn. Many people expressed dislike for Jeremy Corbyn, but when pressed could not be specific about the reasons why although normally pro-terrorist or ant-semitism were mentioned. As an anti-war, anti-racist, anti-zionist campaigner, Corbyn had developed quite a few enemies in the establishment… Others pointed out he did not display traditional military style leadership methods. Corbyn, indeed, led by building consensus and in the process grew the Labour Party to be the largest political party in Europe. This forming another reason why the establishment did not like him.

8. Implementation: there are multiple lines of attack here: Propaganda – full spectrum covergage, targetted ads, sock puppets and bots to retweet and encourage the right behaviour with “voter intention feedback” from automatic AI-based inspection of social media pages of targetted voters.

9. Post-testing. Finally with a complete Big Data view provided complete “situation awareness” allowed the minimum amount of vote rigging… Social Media was used to monitor the campaign and just before the Postal Vote deadline, Dominic Cummings noted that they didn’t have the numbers… so postal vote fraud was required. No doubt exact numbers of how many votes were required to push their candidates over the line (with a small margin for error) was provided for each constituency…

10. Feedback was the election result. The BBC exit poll had it spot on… but hang on… 38% of the the votes were postal vote. If, as Dominic Raab and Laura Kuenssberg mentioned before election day, the postal vote was expected to be mainly Tory… shouldn’t the exit poll be slightly different? Nope. The BBC obviously had all the intell they needed….

Everyone now agrees with the political story that Corbyn was an unpopular politician with unpopular policiies hence he lost the election. Rather than the truth: a fraudulent election fixed by computer analytics fed from illegal use of social media, automation, pyschographics and postal vote rigging. The propaganda fog from the compliant main stream media being so dense that everyone believes the narrative. No-one believes that they have been gas-lighted.

Election Fraud GE2019

No-one seems to be talking about this yet… GE2019 and the use of Social Media Sock Puppets and Psychological Operations, Postal Vote Fraud and Voter Suppression. This wasn’t so much a political event, trading policy ideas on a level playground, but more like a military operation with one side armed to to teeth with tanks and fighter jets with the other with handbags.

Background

The Tories were in a real mess in October 2019 running a minority government. Johnson was goading Corbyn to call for an election. Johnson obviously had a plan for the election and it had nothing to do with policy or a vision of the future for Britain, it was just three words “Get Brexit Done” – whatever that means (as far as I can tell it is just to let Tory Donors off the hook from tax avoidance scams).

The Tories ran a pretty dreadful campaign. Johnson was Boo-ed on many of his public outings and his team were a shambles, offending Greenfeld victims, NHS workers and patients, and dodging any questions regarding climate change or the environment. Johnson was defending a marginal seat with only 4000 odd majority, but did not even attend hustings in his consituency. A similar story can be found in constituencies in the north of England (soon to be won by them in the GE) where there was precious little evidence of a Tory campaign on the ground.

Corbyn was met with huge crowds of supporters, chanting and cheering wherever he went. But this was not reported in the Mainstream Media, prefering, it seems, to attack him personally, and Labour in general, with “weaponised” lines of questioning regarding anti-seminitism (a problem that affected Labour at a rate of 0.01% of its membership). The BBC – supposedly impartial and in “purdah” – went out of its way to edit video to make Johnson look good, covering up on the Jennifer Arcuri scandal, the withholding of the “Russia Report” and the social media manipulations, particulalry the sock puppet accounts, over the boy-on-the-floor in Leeds Hospital. https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/read-this/general-election-2019-leeds-general-infirmary-fake-news-flooding-social-media-explained-1337095. These sock puppet accounts (as reported by the BBC) demonstrated the immense social media capability available to the Tories.

Various commentators noted that the gap between Conservatives and Labour was narrowing mainly because the polls had not accounted for the Youth Quake, dying Brexit voters and Campaign disasters (such as Fridge Gate). There was the issue of Labour voters moving to the Brexit Party but both the LibDems, Brexit Party and Tories had a dreadful campaign and many people expected a shift to Labour and at least a hung parlaiment.

General Election 12th December 2019

So on the day of the General Election, there were extraordinary queues at polling stations in many consituencies: Young Voters coming out in force. But at 10.30pm the exit polls were announced and the BBC was 99% accurate to the actual result… which is rather strange since the postal votes were at an extraordinary high – double the number in 2017 and not counted towards the exit poll. Did the BBC have other data to work with other than the exit poll information?

GE2019 results cf 2017

According to the official figures, while the registered voter population had grown from 46m to 47m, turned out had dropped slightly from 68.7% to 67.3%. These figures seem to be a bit of puzzle… considering not only the Youth Quake, Polling Booth Queues but also the reported doubling of the postal vote from around 16% in 2017 to 32% in 2019 – these figures are still being collated since official figures will not be fully available until Jun 2020.

The official explanation is that former Labour Voters moved to Conservative (and Brexit Party) and while this story has credibility according to these figures, more striking is the move from Labour to LibDem, Green and SNP. Perhaps the real story is how efficient the Tories had optimised their vote in the very unfair First-Past-The-Post election system, allowing them to pick up one seat for every 38264 votes while the LibDems were amazingly less efficient moving from 200,000 in 2017 for each seat to 300,000 in 2019. It seems that the Conservatives with only 100,000 or so paid up party members had out-campaigned Labour, the largest political party in Europe with 500,000 party members, through the use of capital-intensive technology.

VICS

Before the EU Referendum, Dominic Cummings had created a system for Vote Leave called the Voter Intentions Collection System (VICS). This is well documented in Dominic Cummings own blog. https://dominiccummings.com/on-the-eu-referendum/ It provides a statistical probability of each and every vote and voter, fed by data sources “conventional and unconventional”.

For Vote Leave this Big Data system was fed from information from facebook: information on 2 billion (yes, 2 billion) people collected by Cambridge Analytica. There is an ongoing case about the fraudulent collection of this data and still further speculation whether this data was available to Dominic Cummings in 2019.

In 2019, Dominic Cummings claimed that voters were persuaded to change their attitudes to people, party and desire to vote by targetted adverts. Facebook allows targetted ads including by location, demographics (age, gender, education, job title), interests, behaviour and connections, include people who are connected to your people or events, or to exclude them. So the Tories had the ability to target people that were likely to be swayed by their ads. Cummings claim they tested the ads on small groups, fine tuned them and then pushed out to larger groups. The ads were largely attack ads against Corbyn or “Get Brexit Done” messages with overtones of racism. The ads were targetted towards football supporters and football supporter mentality… which is largely pretty tribal if not racist…

Sock Puppets

However to really guage voter intention, VICS needs more than just targetting information it needs, feedback and engagement. Social media, particularly facebook, is the tool of choice. Sock Puppet accounts and bots were enabled to do a number of things:

a) identify a person who was likely to vote for a particular party – if confirmed views, would they be voting?

b) identify people who could possibly be infulenced “floating voters”, and if infulenced would they vote?

c) identify people who were unlikely to vote at all

In particular, besides identifying voter’s political view, the sock puppets and bots could re-inforce tribal behaviour and commitment to vote by either “liking” posts, engaging in chit-chat and obtaining such confirmation. As mentioned above, the Tories had demonstrated a massive capability for its sock puppets and bots but it is unlikely that these were directly controlled by Tory Party operatives but either UK Intelligence Services or Foriegn Intelligence Services – the most likely being, not Russia, but USA and Israel who both have massive capability for such “Pyschological Operations“.

IDOX

IDOX systems are used to used to manage Postal Votes in around 80% of UK constituencies. It does not count votes but managing the requests, sending out voter packs, verifying the packs and managing the electoral rolls. This is gold dust info into a system like VICS. So was the data passed deliberately to Tory CCHQ? Maybe not necessary – just hacked! Rabid Tory Peter Lilly was a former director of IDOX, he could have passed on details to people that could then easily hack the IDOX systems. We know for instance that each IDOX installation was separated (so no central database) and I’m sure, “good security controls” but each system was also capable of being connected by wi-fi and/or the internet and so, of course, wide open to any determined organisation to hack into it. (See picture). The Institue of Statecraft for example, would easily be able to achieve this.

Postal Vote Fraud

Various efforts are now in play to investigate the postal vote fraud but this is nothing new. There was a postal vote court case in England in September 2019 and suspected postal vote fraud in the Scottish Referendum For GE2019 early information indicates that both Safe Tory Seats and Marginals won by the Conservative, had high Postal Ballot percentages, double the usual figures.

The VICS data would have indentified those people unlikely to vote. These would be the perfect people to impersonate for postal vote ballot stuffing.

Voter Suppression

Finally there is evidence of voter suppression, particularly of youngsters, people living abroad and new British Citizens, (and there’s more on the way). The evidence for this is available all over Twitter. Another group, confirmed non-Tory voters, could have been identified by VICS data and these voters could have been somehow twarted from voting (by a variety of means).

Situational Awareness

The different methods to achieve the goal, a conservative landslide, would have been diverse in order to stop any one particular method being fully understood and the fraud exposed. All that really was required was “Situational Awareness” – a military term that is now widely used within business – to provide a complete overall picture of progress towards the goal. In the conversative case, this was provided by Dominic Cummings’ Voter Intention Database. Is that system illegal? No… Well, actually it depends on who paid for it and how it was accounted for in campaign finances… and we won’t know that until June 2020. Oh, and if using Social Media Data it probably broke GDPR rules governed by the Information Commissioner Office. (The ICO seems to be very quiet on this matter).

Follow Up

More information will be written up as it becomes available. This blog will be used to store information and links provided for use on social media…

Electoral Law is lagging behind in regulating Big Data and other technological advances that destroy real democracy…

2017 – 13.63m vote Tory…..Hung Parliament

2019 – 13.96m vote Tory…..Landslide victory

Something is not right.