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Aurora theater shooting: Is this a crisis actor?

On July 20, 2012, at a midnight showing of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, at a Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado, a lone gunman shot and killed 12 people and wounded 70.

On August 24, 2015, alleged sole shooter James Holmes was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Marcus Weaver

Marcus Weaver

Among the 70 who were wounded that night is Marcus Weaver, who sat in the 5th row of the Century theater with his friend . Weaver recounted what happened to 89.3 KPCC:

“Ten minutes into the movie, a smoke bomb went off … we were just perplexed. We thought it was just someone who lit off a smoke bomb … Once the gunman started opening fire on the crowd, it became really apparent it was not a Rocky Horror film show, or any of those pranks they do in theaters. It was a real event, and so something told me to get down on the ground.”

Weaver pulled Rebecca down with him. A few minutes later, he realized she was hit during the first wave of gunfire. When Holmes’ gun jammed, many moviegoers tried to flee. Weaver picked up his friend and started toward the exit. That’s when Holmes shot him in the arm.

“And so I tumbled over and she fell into the seat, and that was the last time I saw my friend Rebecca.”

Weaver didn’t notice he was hit until he made it out of the theater.

“A little girl came up to me and [said], ‘your arm is bleeding.’ And so I looked at my arm, and sure enough, I had two holes in my arm, and blood was just perfusing out of it.”

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, despite having been shot in his right shoulder and upper arm, and with his lower arm in a cast, Weaver manages to lift the arm up, waving it around.

Note also the bullet holes in his right upper arm. Do they look like bullet holes to you?

In asking questions, I mean no disrespect to Marcus Weaver.

Let’s hear from readers who are either medical professionals or have sustained injuries similar to Weaver’s.


Sandy Hook, conspiracy theorists, and the liberal worldview

A non-profit online magazine, The New Inquiry (TNI), cofounded by Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt, recently published an article by someone named Emily Elizabeth Brown, trashing and deriding “conspiracy theorists” who suspect crisis actors are used in false flag incidents like Sandy Hook.

So who is Emily Elizabeth Brown?

If you click on her name, you’ll be told “Page Not Found“.

So much for TNI‘s high-minded description of itself as “a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.”

TNI explores ideas alright, but never mind who the authors of those ideas are. That information apparently is a secret and not “for discussion”. For that matter, there really is no “discussion” or “exploration of ideas” on TNI because the website does not allow reader comments. Given that, it is not unreasonable for us to think that TNI is really “a space” for the express “promotion,” instead of any discussion or exploration, of ideas.

Another word for “promotion” is “propaganda”.

Back to the mysterious E. E. Brown’s article (h/t Memory Hole Blog). Here are excerpts:

It is true that professional actors are sometimes hired to simulate disasters; their purpose is to help large organizations run through emergency response drills in preparation for possible catastrophic events. In conspiracy theory world, crisis actors are stans and stand-ins employed by the government to carry out affective labor during false flag operations. Websites claim that the Sandy Hook shooting, along with virtually every major tragedy involving human beings on American soil since 9/11, was a false flag drill that the government decided to take live. […]

In an interview, the political scientist Michael Barkun explained that conspiracy theorists try to make sense of a confusing world by “dividing the world sharply between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.” By imagining the evil forces as plants in the general public—the people with whom we’re supposed to sympathize—crisis actor believers erase the lines between good and evil that are usually clearly defined in conspiracy theories. There are no clear lines to separate the people who are ‘in on it’ and the people who aren’t.

An oft-repeated psychological explanation is that conspiracy theories arise as a reaction of disbelief in the face of a tragedy. It is (arguably) more reassuring to believe that a tragedy like Sandy Hook was staged by the government, instead of trying to make sense of the narrative in which somebody decided to walk into an elementary school and shoot 20 children. Then nobody would have died; there was no horrific act of violence. From this perspective, evil is not perpetrated by ordinary people, and the people the government wants us to think are evil are really harmless puppets. The crisis actor conspiracy theory exists in a worldview that is both paranoid and idealistic. Since crisis actor theorists maintain that these acts couldn’t have been carried out by people of their own accord, their view of the common man is much more positive than most people’s. To the believer, evil is primarily created by tangible, external forces. This combination of idealism and paranoia disrupts the real world in a way that other conspiracy theories don’t.

Unlike the typical  9/11 truther, who may hold that the whole event was a hoax but will keep their anger directed at the government, the crisis actor theorist directs their anger and disbelief at the victim. The government is acknowledged as the mastermind, but in the classic conspiracy trope of Us versus Them, each new tragedy brings forth new actors, and nobody is sure which of Them lives among Us.

Did you get that, “conspiracy theorists”?

If you harbor even a suspicion that the U.S. government is capable of conspiratorial machinations and false flags, the mysterious Emily Elizabeth Brown is calling you:

  • Simple-minded, because you “try to make sense of a confusing world by ‘dividing the world sharply between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.’
  • Stupid and can’t handle reality, and instead retreat into wishful thinking, because it’s “more reassuring to believe that a tragedy like Sandy Hook was staged by the government, instead of trying to make sense of the narrative in which somebody decided to walk into an elementary school and shoot 20 children.”
  • Paranoid and out-of-step with “the real world”.
  • Scapegoaters who blame the victims.


Seldom have I read so much pretentious psycho-babble in one single essay as Ms. Brown’s, not even in the worst papers written by the worst of my former students. Brown gives new meaning to the word “sophomoric.”

I — and you — can write armchair dime-store psychoanalysis as good as Ms. Brown (assuming Emily Elizabeth Brown is her real name and she is really a she who is not government’s sockpuppet). Here’s my parody of Brown:

An oft-repeated psychological explanation is that those, such as a writer named Emily Elizabeth Brown, who deride conspiracy theories arise as a reaction of what psychologists identify as denial in the face of reality. It is (arguably) more reassuring to believe that governments do not conspire to carry out false flags like the well-documented Operation Northwoods of the Kennedy Administration or the more recent Watergate conspiracy of the Nixon Administration, instead of having to shed their determined childlike innocence, which psychologists would call determined naivete or outright denial of human beings’ disposition toward deception. And so, the deniers like Emily Elizabeth Brown could remain cocooned in their comfortable worldview — a world of rainbows and unicorns where there are no conspiracies except in the minds of “conspiracy theorists,” and where human nature and government are unfailingly benign and well-intentioned, the only exceptions being those malignant “conspiracy theorists” who would dare question the integrity of persons holding and wielding great power over the little people. From this perspective, evil is not perpetrated by government — notwithstanding the record of the hundreds of millions killed by Nazi and Communist regimes in the 20th century. From this peculiar perspective held by deniers like Emily Elizabeth Brown, evil is perpetrated by those “conspiracy theorists” who would dare imagine that governments could actually plan and undertake conspiracies. To the believer, such as Emily Elizabeth Brown, evil is primarily created by powerless “conspiracy theorists” who actually dare to disrupt the believer’s fantasy of the real world.

Instead of Brown spewing her psycho-babble, it would be so much more useful if she engaged her readers with facts and reasoning, as in:

In the end, Ms. Brown’s essay is simply the latest reminder of the enormous differences in liberal vs. conservative worldviews.


As a study published in the Journal of Ideology reminds us (stripping away the authors’ loaded language), liberals view the world as generally “a hospitable place” where human nature fundamentally is benign and where most people are “warm and caring,” “nurturant” and “supportive” of others. The exceptions, of course, are those nasty, hateful conservatives. The many nice people include people in government, who can be depended on to care for and “nurture” us. All of which render liberals ideal tools– “useful idiots“– of government and the power élite.

In contrast, the conservative sees the world as “a dangerous place” because human nature is not simply benign. In such a world, the individual must be disciplined and self-reliant, instead of dependent on government. Those in government become more dangerous, the more power they accumulate — all at our expense.

So whose worldview better accords with that of America’s Founding Fathers?

Here are two clues:

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” -James Madison in The Federalist No. 51.

“If once [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787.

That is why the Founders fashioned a polity based on a view of human nature as inherently selfish instead of benign, and of government as a necessary evil that must be constrained and delimited with checks and balances. For the plain fact of the matter is that there really are governments who would stoop to killing little children—and more. Just ask the millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Nazis had slaughtered, or the hundreds of millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Communists had killed in the former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and Kampuchea.

Why would Americans, who partake of the same non-angelic human nature, be uniquely virtuous? Compared to the horrors of the Nazis and Communists, Sandy Hook, if it is a false flag, is small potatoes.


Father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker is a former professional actor

Obama has a lot more he wants to accomplish

On August 26, 2015, two employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ of Roanoke, Virginia, were shot dead while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta.

They were 24-year-old news reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photojournalist Adam Ward.

The gunman was a former WDBJ reporter, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known by the professional pseudonym of Bryce Williams, who was fired for disruptive conduct in 2013. After a 5-hour manhunt, Flanagan shot himself during a car chase with police officers and died later at a hospital.

Alison’s father, Andy Parker, interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Fox News, immediately called for gun control. He vowed:

“I’m not gonna let this issue [gun control] drop. You know, we’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns. And I, you know, the problem that you guys have got ahead, I know it’s a news business and this is a big story, but next week it ain’t gonna be a story any more and everybody’s gonna forget it. But you mark my words: My mission in life, and I talked to the governor [Terry McAuliffe, a gun control advocate] and he called me and he said, and I told him I’m gonna do something, whatever it takes to get gun legislation to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something to close loopholes in background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns. And he said, ‘You go, I’m right there with you.’ So this is not the last you heard of me. This is something that’s Alison’s legacy that I wanna make happen.”

Note: Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, an ardent advocate of gun control, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He’s a cousin of Syracuse law professor Sharon McAuliffe, who some suspect is school teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe who allegedly died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. (See “Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?“) Coincidentally, Terry McAuliffe is also very much concerned about NASA funding issues. See here and here.

It turns out Andy Parker is a former actor.

On his LinkedIn page, Parker, who is now a “headhunter for the banking industry,” claims to have been a “professional actor” in his youth, for 6 years from 1979 to 1985, in the greater New York City area, and had “appeared on Broadway in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and at the Kennedy Center in “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” as well as “numerous regional stage credits and regional and national TV commercials.”

Under the section “Volunteer Experience & Causes,” Parker says he’s the founder of a “community theatre organization” called TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP), where he served as the board president for more than 6 years, from 2004 to 2010.  TWCP went from staging “one summer production a year, to full seasons in its own black box theatre.”

From his bio above, it is not unreasonable for us to gather that Andy Parker is a failed actor who never made it “big time,” but retained his interest in acting, as evidenced by his founding of the community theater.

Is Andy Parker another crisis actor?

Here are the screenshots I took of Andy Parker’s LinkedIn page, in case he scrubs it in the days to come. (Click images to enlarge)

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H/t Professor Doom 1

H/t Memory Hole reader Comrade Ogilvy

Update (Aug. 29, 2015):

Andy Parker says now that he is campaigning for gun control he will probably have to get a firearm to defend himself: “When you’re in the media, as you know, and when you are taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you are saying, so I will probably have to do that.” (Source: The Guardian)


Update (Aug. 31, 2015):

Here’s a sample of Andy Parker’s groan-inducing acting. No wonder he dropped out of professional acting after 6 years.

From his latest performance before TV news cameras, I say he’s still a lousy actor.


Where Have All the Crisis Actors Gone?

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

Crisisactors.org, the website established to represent the collaboration between the Visionbox professional actors studio and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has been dormant since August 2014. This is according to information obtained from Internet Archive on June 15, 2015.


On July 29, 2014 a notice retrieved from Internet Archive for crisisactors.org announces:


We apologize for the inconvenience, but Crisis Actors is currently undergoing maintenance.

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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 101st Caption Contest!

This was a very competitive contest, with many very clever submissions.

FOTM writers voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner is . . . .

It’s a tie!

The winners of FOTM’s 101st Caption Contest, each with two #1 votes, totaling 6 points each are . . .

chulai1968 and LoriB! Snoopy dance

Here’s chulai1968‘s winning caption:

Ronald MacDonalds in subway1

Here’s LoriB‘s winning caption:

Ronald MacDonalds in subway

ArmyVet4444 is in 2nd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 5 points. Here’s his caption:

This is the train to the Democratic National Convention right?

LAH is in 3rd place, with two #2 votes, totaling 4 points. Here’s his caption:

Celebrating diversity . . . .

Another LAH caption is in 4th place, with one #1 vote and 3 points:

Obama’s brain trust deliberating.

Two other LAH captions and Tim Shey are in 5th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are the respective captions:

Never have a people embraced their political and cultural demise with such clownish complacency

“Will the real Barack Obama, please step forward”…….

A nation of clowns governed by the Supreme Court and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, LoriB and chulai1968!

Here are your fancy-schmancy Award Certificates of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting caption contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D



Is the Kenya Garissa University Attack Another Hoax?

Sandy Hook. Boston. Aka Obama. Is there a major news event of the last fifty years in which the mainstream media has NOT lied to us? Can anyone name one? Just one?

Study these photos and make your own conclusions.


Check out those “dead” bodies. See any blood? Where are the entry and exit wounds? How come no one has a single bullet hole?


Isn’t is a little strange that everyone is arranged in rows and they are all face down? Again, where are the bullet holes and entry/exit wounds?


Hmmn. Again no entry/exit wounds. No bullet holes in the wall or desks. Wait, look, that guy has his arm and knee raised up:


Supposedly, he’s dead. Have you even seen a dead person with their arm up in the air? If he’s alive why is no one helping him? If there’s time for a photographer to enter the scene, then certainly the emergency help must be there.


More bodies neatly arranged in a row where they supposedly all fell the same distance at the same time. No blood. No bullet holes. The guy closest to the camera looks to be resting his head on his hand.


Are we supposed to believe any of this? I’m not saying it’s real, I’m not saying it’s not. I’m just putting the pictures up for people to draw their own conclusions.

Austin Craigslist solicits crisis actors for emergency training exercise

Two days ago, an ad appeared on Austin, Texas’ Craigslist soliciting crisis actors (“role players”) at $10.10/hr. for a National Guard Training Exercise for Emergency Preparedness taking place in Govalle, Texas on April 22, 2015.

The ad was placed by an outfit called IIF Data Solutions.

Here’s a screenshot I took of the ad on austin.craigslist.org in case it gets scrubbed. The screenshot shows the date and time (bottom right) when I took the screen shot: 4/2/2015 at 2:25 PM.

↓ Click image to enlarge ↓

Austin TX Craigslist role players needed

This is what the ad says, complete with spelling mistakes:

Role Player’s Needed (Govalle,Texas)

IIF Data Solutions is currently seeking individuals interested in the participation of the National Guard Training Exercise for Emergency Preparedness taking place in Govalle, Texas on April 22 2015, we will need a total of 60 Role Player’s and on April 22,23,24 and 25 2015 we will need 10 Role Player’s. Role Players will simulate as “victims” who are then “rescued” as part of their training.

Orientation is on April 21, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm. You will be paid for these hours as well as other hours accumulated on the last day that you work. Role Players are paid $10.10/ hr.

If you have any friends or family members interested invite them to take part. This is a great opportunity to have fun, support a good cause and earn some money!!

They will need to complete an application on line. Our website is www.iifdata.com.

Click on RPSS and click on additional exercise dates available here button and click on the state of interest.

IIF Data Solutions logo

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Chantilly in Northern Virginia, IIF Data Solutions, Inc. has locations in 10 states across America: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and California.

There is no explanation of what the initials IIF stand for.

IIF Data Solutions locations

This is how IIF Data Solutions, Inc. describes itself:

a privately held business that offers an array of professional services. Our staff possesses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of impacts and procedures within and throughout the milieu of national defense, with emphasis on domestic operations.

IIF is currently providing professional services to the National Guard, Department of Defense, and other Government agencies, as well as the private sector. IIF has approved GSA MOBIS, Information Technology, and Environmental Schedules.

IIF has extensive capabilities and expertise in areas such as: information technology, domestic operations training and exercise development, COMSEC training and operations, logistics and facilities operations, consulting, program development and management, business processes and management engineering, operational training support for war fighters, Military & Domestic Medical Training for Health Care Facilities, and role player support services.

On its “Role Player Support Services” page, IIF Data Solutions advertises that they provide such expert services as:

  • Moulage Artisans.
  • Customized Role Player Mass Causality Cards developed to support your specific exercise scenario requirements.
  • Role Player moulage applications to realistically simulate scenario relevant injuries and casualty symptoms.
  • Role Player acting instructions to enhance realism.
  • Role Player “cut away” clothing.

Note: Moulage (French word for “casting/moulding”) is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel. Moulage may be as simple as applying pre-made rubber or latex “wounds” to a healthy “patient’s” limbs, chest, head, etc., or as complex as using makeup and theatre techniques to provide elements of realism (such as blood, vomitus, open fractures, etc.) to the training simulation.

H/t FOTM’s Gingercake

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