What Is Psy-Ops?
Rolling Stone magazine caused turmoil in the U.S. military this week reporting that a commander in Afghanistan ordered a "psychological operations" team to manipulate U.S. senators.
When U.S. senators visit Afghanistan to view progress on the ground, to what extend are they led astray by psychological manipulation? Sgt. Maj. Herb Friedman, an army veteran and psy-ops expert, discusses the technique: "Psychological operations specialists are in a battle for that old canard, the 'hearts and minds' of enemy combatants. In 2010, the psychological operations label was dropped in favor of 'Military Information Supply Operations,' or MISO, which 'everybody hates' because 'it's basically a green soup from Japan."
Don't underestimate the power of play when it comes to problem-solving.
- As we get older, the work we consistently do builds "rivers of thinking." These give us a rich knowledge of a certain kind of area.
- The problem with this, however, is that as those patterns get deeper, we get locked into them. When this happens it becomes a challenge to think differently — to break from the past and generate new ideas.
- How do we get out of this rut? One way is to bring play and game mechanics into workshops. When we approach problem-solving from a perspective of fun, we lose our fear of failure, allowing us to think boldly and overcome built patterns.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
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