The Diversion Technique

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     A child falls and screams as though he severed his left hand. A concerned parent runs to comfort the child.  After a great deal of consoling, the child quiets down, and the parent looks for an injury but finds none.  This cycle is repeated many time in the course of raising children.  Eventually the parent begins to discern variations in the screaming sound and soon recognizes a fake scream from a real one.  Also, the astute parent finds techniques other than consoling to quiet a screaming child.  My father always used the diversion technique to great effect.  When he wanted to divert a child’s attention, he would merely ask a question, such as: “Did you see that elephant sitting on a telephone pole?”  The question accomplished two things.  It diverted the child’s attention away from the perceived problem, and more importantly, it quieted the child without rewarding undesired behavior.  I have observed this technique being employed by other parents with great success, and on occasion, I have observed a clever child practicing the technique on unsuspecting parents.  As it turns out, the diversion technique works on unsuspecting children of all ages.

     Recently, WikiLeaks and others began reporting on Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. WikiLeaks obtained emails from an unknown source while others did investigative reporting.  The stench of corruption in the Hillary campaign was so great that it could not be ignored.  For example, it was reported that the Hillary campaign had hired stooges to infiltrate the Donald Trump rallies and incite violence.  Hillary also attempted to have classified documents declassified in order to avoid prosecution by the FBI.  Also of interest was Hillary’s arranging sales of uranium to Russia in exchange for contributions to her foundation.   And of course, access to Hillary’s State Department was easily obtained with a contribution to her foundation, and the list goes on and on in an ever widening circles.  So, what is Hillary to do?  No one has questioned the voracity of the stories.

     It seems the answer for the Hillary campaign is to employee the diversion technique. Blame the Russians for hacking the emails in the first place.  At the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Hillary claimed, “We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election.” That of course is not true.

James Clapper

     The Director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who speaks on behalf of the 17 agencies actually said, “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities. Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company. However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.” Notice he did not say they originated from the Kremlin, but did say in most cases they originate from servers operated by a Russian company. It is important to note that his opinion is based on scope and sensitivity and not on investigation.

     Where did the other cases originate?  He did not say.  Still others believe whistle blowers inside the organization are leaking the emails, and we may never know the truth.  But, on some level, Hillary’s diversion appears to be working because there is a lot of idle chatter in the news media about the Russians attempting to influence our election, and some are calling for an investigation.  It would seem to me that time could be better spent investigating Hillary’s corruption and criminal activities.  And why would the Russians want to hurt Hillary’s campaign?  After all, she helped the Russians buy 20% of the uranium in the United States, and the uranium can be used to make nuclear weapons.  But remember that the diversion technique works well on unsuspecting children.

     Interestingly enough, the stench of the Hillary campaign has taken a new turn in Georgia. It is reported that a Democratic National Committee bus was photographed dumping human waste into a storm drain.  However, this should not come as a surprise.  The Democrats have been crapping on Georgia for more than a hundred years.  It could well be that Henry David Thoreau was correct in saying, “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.”  But, I’m sure he meant to say, “Tainted politicians.”

Until next time…