I figured I would give myself a break today after the massive post yesterday. I have been meaning to get into the self improvement end. If you read some of my first posts on this site, it is mainly about the mind and how our thought patterns can be manipulated and controlled.
Personally I believe that the constant 24/7 bombardment of propaganda which comes from the internet is causing a net overload on the user which is causing an outright rejection. What does this mean in normal person speak? If you eat pizza 6 days in a row, chances are on day 7, you won’t be craving any pizza.
I relate the mind to a computer chip most of the time because it is the easiest analysis I can make. Problem is the mind has certain biases which cause a person to want to believe something and ignore anything that may say otherwise. For example, Joe DeGenova was on Laura Ingram the other night and he made some claims. I didn’t even bother listening because even though his stuff never comes into fruition, his hot takes are heralded as coming straight down from the heavens. What is funny is my attitude against Joe is my own form of confirmation bias.
Getting that small rant out of my system, I wanted to share some of the techniques I use in everyday research that may be handy for existing threaders or people who want to get into it. I am a firm believer that if you want to get to the truth you have to find it yourself. The CIA has even stated that up to 80% of the information out there is based on open source databases. We may not be as in the dark as we think, but in order to figure things out we have to know where to look.
In terms of OSINT, I do not consider myself a raw data digger. I use information that has already been compiled by other OSINT researchers on twitter, news sites, and wikipedia. There are tools that can be used if you are trying to dig through raw data, but having a general idea of what you are looking for helps cut down on the clutter.
As for the search engine, I mainly use google. I know this is frowned upon, but the ability to search exact words helps me come up with a lot of my connections. You can do this by placing quotation marks around the word. This helps when you are searching for specific names. “Greg Craig” is an example because the people with two first names can confuse the algorithm. Doing a search like “Greg Craig” “Sanger” will help yield results that are closer to what you are looking for than just Greg Craig Sanger. Searching as well, try to minimize things to keywords only, typing sentences will be harder to yield results.
The most useful piece of advice I can give though is to always keep your mind open when researching this stuff. We don’t know how much an author put his opinion into an article. There are also things that are wrong on the internet. When reading an article from the New York Times or Washington Post, I normally try to just separate the facts out from the fluff in between. Names and Dates are things that are hard to lie about. Be weary of closed source information as well, try to use other sites to collaborate the information in order to figure out how much is true or not.
Don’t get married to theories either, I have been trying to tie Huawei to the Secret Grand Jury Case out of DC, but it isn’t happening. Maybe something in the future will help expand this theory, but for now it is just something to keep in the back of your mind. Mostly everything is a theory anyway which means that a single piece of information can either support or deny your theory. It is okay to be wrong once in a while as the logic that got you to the conclusion is still valid. Figure out where in the logic string there is an error and go from there. This all boils down to the guess and check method anyway, there really isn’t much sophistication behind any of this.
Hope you enjoyed reading the above, weaning people towards independent thought is one of my main goals for this platform. I know that I provide information, but I hope that my work is not being blindly believed as I may be wrong somewhere and not even know it. The very minimum I can do is put ideas out and see how they grow and evolve as time moves on and more perspectives look at it and comment. As we wait for declassification, the most we can do sometimes is just guess.