Magic succeed using the art of misdirection. The art of misdirection goes way beyond magicians! It is a skill practiced by both entertainers and those seeking to deceive. In writing on different subjects, it is not my intention to “sell” you my ideas. Celebrating a variety of views, present different landscapes that offer new horizons. The challenge is seeing both the forest and the trees. And most importantly distinguishing how the elements flora and fauna impact the health of the forest itself. My intent is to offer crap detecting techniques to augment your navigating through the woods. It is like the lighthouse illuminating the path to the harbor. The purpose of the lighthouse (GPS) is to identify the dangers. You are responsible for steering the ship to safety.
The threats to your navigating life come from many sources. The 24/7 digital dissemination of data has hidden agendas. Misdirection is the means for pressing self-serving objectives. You are responsible for deciphering the wheat from the chaff. Consider the methods for creating misdirection. When an agenda intends to disadvantage for their profit them there are subtle clues.
The first step is to package their intention via attractive labels. Instead of identifying a proposal as a tax increase, they call it tax reform. The next step is to overload the proposal with numerous explanations that offer and confuse the issue. Statements about the benefits, that under the light are not plausible. The next step is to find others who will benefit from this. Frequently modifying the proposal to secure support. Then they create a chorus of voices, that overwhelm the message. Sheer use of force makes something happen that hurts you.
Start with the label. Look at the proposal. Does it square with the label? If something does not seem right, it most probably is not right. If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duct, then it is a duck!