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Down the Rabbit Hole of a Pro-Vax Leftist Influence Operation
ZeroHedge has been my favorite site for daily political and financial news since 2009, and so I probably should feel like shit for not being a paid subscriber, in which case I wouldn’t have to see ads while I’m catching up on the latest and best information. But I look at the ads, and that’s probably worth to the webmaster than the monthly subscription. The Google ads I see on ZeroHedge are the personalized kind, lots of stuff I’ve shopped for recently, things I want. For about two days this week I was repeatedly seeing quite peculiar ads suggesting patriotically that “Americans Follow the Flag Not the Man,” and “Leaders Who Chose to Vaccinate.”
I did not find these ads compelling, but they were so peculiar and bizarre that I couldn’t help clicking… And down the rabbit hole I went into shiningcityonahill.us and the occult world of psychologically manipulating people into accepting vaccine.
They hit you with their “best shot” right on the landing page. It’s all down hill from there. Supposed conservative leaders that want to put a needle in every arm.
Yuck. I don’t want what they’re having. As a side note, it’s kind of embarrassing that someone thought this would work on me - or anyone.
The website doesn’t have many pages, but the ones it has all mostly work. On the home page one learns, unsurprisingly, that ‘Shining City on a Hill’ is an homage to Ronald Reagan. There are some photos and nostalgic 1980s stuff to appeal to children of the 80s like myself. But between the title, where Reagan is referred to as “America’s Bloke,” and the general aesthetic of 2016 era Russian Facebook propaganda, it gets pretty spammy once you navigate away from the landing page.
When you tell me that 70% of adults are vaccinated in the US, but only 56% in China, all I hear is ‘American penis so large, Chinese and Russian penis very small.’
If you’ve read Robert Ciadini’s Pre-Suasion, you know why there is a space shuttle blasting off just under this web form.
Notice that, no matter which of those choices you choose, you clicked on something that said “I will…” Is that last choice I will with a note?
Naturally, I wondered who was paying for this ad. Fortunately, Google was happy to tell me: Faith Voters, a Super PAC connected with Democrat Eric Sapp, and Public Democracy. So you have elite leftists putting a lot of effort into creating content that celebrates Reagan and his shining city and vaccines, all just to convince recalcitrant conservatives to get jabbed? Seems like mal-investment to me. What’s the upside?
On the Public Democracy website you learn that combating “vaccine hesitancy” is one of their primary services, referred to as Healthnet; “HealthNet applies principles found in health behavior theories such as the Health Belief Model and the Theory of Planned Behavior, which understand decision-making and trust as processes rather than one-time decisions or outcomes of education.” And yes, there is a flow chart for that.
The COVID-19 industrial, pharmaceutical, propaganda complex. This is not the fruit of a healthy society, and this is most definitely not about a virus.