Great article from @AsheSchow. I lived thru the 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980's/early 1990's asking myself "Has eveyrbody lost their GODDAMN MINDS?!"

The 3 big things that made the 1980's/early 1990's surreal for me.

1) Satanic Panic - satanism in the day cares ahhhh!

2) "Repressed memory" syndrome

3) Facilitated Communication [FC]

All 3 led to massive abuse.
"Therapists" -and I use the term to describe these quacks loosely - would hypnotize people & convince they they were 'reliving' past memories of Mom & Dad killing babies in Satanic rituals in the basement while they were growing up.
Other 'therapists' would badger kids until they invented stories about watching alligators eat babies dropped into a lake from a hot air balloon. Kids would deny anything happened for hours until the therapist 'broke through' and 'found' the 'truth'.
FC was a movement that started with the claim severely handicapped individuals were able to 'type' legible sentences & communicate if a 'helper' guided their hands over a keyboard.
Never mind most of these disabled people weren't even looking at the keyboard while their helper guided their hands over it to spell out words. Or that most never went to school and learned to spell in the first place.

People WANTED TO BELIEVE it worked, so they did.
Moral panics/hoaxes like the Satanic Panic, Repressed Memory Syndrome, and FC flourish because they are abuses of the POWER OF BELIEF.

"I believe the children!" - no matter how absurd the stories got.
"I believe the therapy!" - I just remembered my dad killed 20 people!, etc.
FC was the most sympathetic hoax, since these parents desperately wanted to believe actual communication was happening, that their kids were typing real words.

But a delusion is a delusion. Humoring people has limits.
Once a moral panic gets started it's hard to stop. That's why there MUST be good solid evidence, and assuming it gets to the court state, all due process rights for the accused.
We had a minor panic just a year and a half ago where some moron looking for the satanic dungeon in the basement of a pizza parlor that didn't have a basement showed up with a f**king rifle to investigate and 'free the kids'.
Social media is not reality. 1 of the most troublesome aspects of it is how quickly bullshit spreads on here.

I'd ask people to be smarter and far more skeptical, but I know I'd be wasting my time if I did that.
Frontline documentary on the Facilitated Communication scandal:

https://t.co/RX0QIN0IiA
To get an idea of what massive problems were created by FC, watch this segment when a 'therapist' helping a child to spell, 'spelled out' that her parents were sexually abusing her & the legal case that resulted.

https://t.co/chxOwMofy5
Mistype: the child was a male, not a female.

this court case resulted in one of the FIRST attempts to scientifically verify whether FC was actually real or not.

Ponder that.

It was already being used in many schools by that time.
Of course, in a double blind test, the investigators proved the facilitator was faking it. They would show the child a cup, and the facilitator would type out the hat that they saw.

Even with this evidence, many parents refused to believe FC wasn't real.
The brutal truth is these facilitated communication facilitators who were 'helping' their students to type words were putting these words in their mouths. And it turned out many of these facilitators had very active imaginations.
Like the child therapists in the McMartin & Little Rascals day care cases, the stories tended to get more and more fantastic over time.

As you can see from the video, like the McMartin/Little Rascals cases, FC ended up with people facing CRIMINAL CHARGES.
A simple double blind test NOBODY had thought to try before managed to keep a man from being sent to prison based on a bogus hoax.

Now watch this part, which points out most of the students aren't even LOOKING at the Keyboard while typing:

https://t.co/uJ15ugs0gZ
What you're watching there is the power of belief; people simple WANTED some thing to be true so badly, they simply discounted all the evidence against it.

That's your first sign. BACK AWAY. TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. Put your skeptic cap on.
Wow. People are not too bright. I am in no way saying Jeff Sessions didn't spent the last 2 years rolling up sex trafficking & pedo rings like a mofo. That's one of the main reasons Sessions was an awesome AG.

Are people really this stupid?
I guess have to explain to the stupid people out there the Satanic Panic in the daycare centers in the 1980's, that wasn't real.

You don't like my pointing that out? I could care less.

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So let's see a show of hands: how many of you even knew Huber was digging into the Clinton Foundation? While he was assisting Horowitz in his digging into the FISC/Steele Dossier/Fusion GPS/Perkins Coie/DNC/Hillary campaign stuff?


I'm sure Huber is coming to DC *only* to discuss Clinton Foundation things with Meadows and his committee.

He for certain, like, won't be huddling with Horowitz or that new guy, Whitaker while he's in town. That would NEVER HAPPEN. [wink wink wink!] 😉

I just spent a year and a half telling you they will SHOW YOU what they are REALLY DOING when they are READY.

Not before.

No matter how much whining is done about it.

I'm exhausted but it's worth it.

Now you know why they're f**king TERRIFIED of Whitaker, the closer tapped by Trump to come in late for the hysterical fireworks that will ensue soon.

Look who's suddenly fund raising for his legal defen- er, I mean, ha ha - his reelection campaign!
Thread in progress that makes an excellent point: Far Left Progressives thought they had ALREADY WON. And I mean already won *permanently*.

After Obama won in 2008 there were numerous articles/books about the New Permanent Democratic


James Carville among others were crowing "The DemuhKRATS are gunna beah in POWAH faw FAWTY YEAHS!"

Obama easily beating Romney in 2012 only entrenched this notion.

Republican gains in the House in 2010/12/14, hey just minor setbacks, soon to be corrected!

The arrogant triumphalism on the part of the Progressives was insufferable in 2008 and by 2012 it was even worse.

Republicans had a dying party, I was told. Democratic Presidents & an activist judiciary would keep that GOP house in line until 'common sense' prevailed.

This is why 2 years later, Progressives are still throwing tantrums and refusing to accept what happened.

They truly believed what they were told, that it was all over and they had won.

You're watching people go through an existential crisis.

Control of the Executive branch and control of the Judicial branch were key essentials to enacting and then enforcing a large part of the Progressive agenda for America.

And they'd won, you see. The redneck bitter clingers out there couldn't stop the coming transformation.
Schumer droning on about Kavanaugh's 'temperment'.

Well screw you, Schumer. You and your goon of a party smeared an innocent man as a sexual predator, delayed his being able to defend himself for 10 days, then tried to gaslight the entire country "LOOK LOOK HOW ANGRY HE IS!"

Understand what you are about to see here: A Progressive Democrat strategy lasting over 40 years to avoid having to convince voters to go along with their anti-American agenda thru bypassing Congress & using activist judges to implement their goals is about to DIE.

https://t.co/1fdjlG3RNj


Remember this day. Remember the last 2 weeks, when the Democratic Party dropped it's mask and showed you it's true, awful face, the face of totalitarian dictators who would strip due process & presumption of innocence from their political adversaries.

The unhinged insane political Left just helped put a Justice on the Supreme Court who understands now PERSONALLY better than any other justice just how vital due process & presumption of innocence are to America's constitutional system.
🚨🚨🚨 ALERT ALERT 🚨🚨🚨

NOW HEAR THIS NOW HEAR THIS

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY FOLLOWERS MUST RT THE FOLLOWING THREAD TO MAKE IT GO VIRAL.

THIS NEEDS TO GET OUT *RIGHT THE HECK


As Wictor was saying, this was an attempt to frame the Saudis. Guy connected to an AQ terrorist who attempted to ASSASSINATE Mohommad Bin Salman is the *source* for these Kashoggi stories.

If this had been known *from the beginning* we wouldn't have gotte 3 days of media hysteria over an attempt to frame Mohmmad Bin Salman and Saudi Arabia for Kashoggi's disappearance.

The media's MAIN SOURCE for these stories about the disappearance of Khashoggi is an underling of the Al Queda guy that tried to ASSASSINATE the Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman a few years ago.

The media has been HIDING this until now....

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Technicolor dreambowl, found in a grave near Zadar on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Made by melding and winding thin bars of glass, each adulterated with different minerals to get different colors. 1st century AD. 📷 Zadar Museum of Ancient Glass
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100,000-year-old abalone shells used to mix red ocher, marrow, charcoal, and water into a colorful paste. Possibly the oldest artist's palettes ever discovered. Blombos Cave, South Africa. 📷https://t.co/0fMeYlOsXG


Reed basket bowl with shell and feather ornaments. Possibly from the Southern Pomo or Lake Miwok cultures. Found in Santa Barbara, CA, circa 1770. 📷 British Museum https://t.co/F4Ix0mXAu6


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