Beacon House

Discussion in 'Homeless Veterans Information' started by Bertf, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Bertf

    Bertf New Member

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    You know what is a shame? We supported Beacon House for a long time and always supplied them with turkeys and all the other stuff at Thanksgiving. Now because we dont know how deep these guys are in with National, or where the money is going, or if it is being laundered through them, we are afraid to send anything to them. It is hard to say if they are independent or up to their necks in cahoots with the Australian.
  2. Yoge Mountain

    Yoge Mountain New Member

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    Spreading Fear


    In the late '60s-early '70s we called that kind of fear: "propaganda instilled fear." The Communist's tactic was to keep spreading their propaganda announcements over and over again on the radio channels, with all of the programming polluted with the Party's own propaganda communications until it seemed as though it must be the truth. They were very effective at manufacturing their own truths for the masses.

    I agree. It is a SHAME that you have somehow been pusuaded to stop supporting homeless veteran programs.

    More on the effective use of "Propaganda" and "Manufactured Fear":

    "The streets of our country are in turmoil. The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country. Russia is threatening us with her might, and the Republic is in danger. Yes - danger from within and without. We need law and order! Without it our nation cannot survive." - Adolf Hitler, 1932

    When a propagandist warns members of (his or her) audience that disaster will result if they do not follow a particular course of action, (he/she) is using the fear appeal. By playing on the audience's deep-seated fears, practitioners of this technique hope to redirect attention away from the merits of a particular proposal and toward steps that can be taken to reduce (their) fear.

    This technique can be highly effective when wielded by a fascist demagogue, but it is typically used in less dramatic ways. Since the end of the second world war, social psychologists and communication scholars have been conducting empirical studies in order to learn more about the effectiveness of fear appeals. Some have criticized the conceptualization of the studies, and others have found fault with the experimental methods, but the general conclusions are worth considering, if not accepting.

    "All other things being equal, the more frightened a person is by a communication, the more likely her or she is to take positive preventive action."(Pratkanis and Aronson, 1991)

    Fear appeals are more likely to succeed in changing behavior if they contain specific recommendations for reducing the threat that the audience believes are both effective and doable.

    In summary, there are four elements to a successful fear appeal: 1) a threat, 2) a specific recommendation about how the audience should behave, 3) audience perception that the recommendation will be effective in addressing the threat, and 4) audience perception that they are capable of performing the recommended behavior.

    The propaganda site is inspired by the pioneering work of the Institute for Propaganda Analysis (IPA). From 1937 to 1942, the IPA was dedicated to promoting the techniques of propaganda analysis among critically-minded citizens.
    A revamped version of the site was launched in September 2002. The new URL is: (

    Rick B. (Yoge)
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