LIVE SHOOTER BASICS:
The list below is offered as a start whereby an expanding list of elements consistent with hoaxes involving gun-toting crazies can be compiled, if anyone wants to add on. (Part of a list building project to streamline the approach to arguing in favor of hoaxes when engaging the doubters, i.e. almost everyone else on planet Earth)
Magic numbers alert fellow spooks to the nature of the incident (HOAX!)
Crime scene photos after the fact look like movie sets (i.e. ubiquitous water bottles to refresh bystanders as they mill about after a mass murder)
Eyewitnesses from afar confirm parts of the narrative with anecdotes (bad crisis actors)
Beefy cops/riot gear troops stand around, surprisingly relaxed in posture
Media sources parrot police sources
Location of the incidents are in controllable areas (often government property or nearby)
Media outlets report from outside facilities allegedly involved (watch for green screen glitches)
People who know people who know one or more victims chime in (spreading urban legends)
Lightning fast processing of grief/mourning/acceptance/forgiveness for surviving family members
Calls for legal reforms usually regarding gun access and mental health (drug access) services
Mass murder/suicide mentality: Is that even possible within a brain that can coolly plan and execute such terrors? I strongly suspect it is not possible. What we have been indoctrinated about human nature by the mindbenders is probably largely and deliberately false. Tropes rule our fears.
Rinse and repeat
Ab Irato over at Fakeologist has asked from time to time whether close proximity to a hoax makes it seem more real. As there was a “live shooter” incident in my burgh this morning, I broke my streak of ignoring these drill/hoaxes and deigned to have a look.
Same old, same old from my front row seat. However, since a colleague/roommate of mine knows the wife of one of the UPS employees (he not directly involved and so as good a witness as me: useless) a heightened level of diplomacy is required to maintain harmony. None of my friends or acquaintances have any patience for hoax-busting, to purloin Chris Kendall’s term, so when one of these drills is close by, very little can be spoken of. This is another level of disconnection that is embedded in these ops: No real dialogue can occur face to face. I can only sort this out on a blog with friendly strangers.
The DC incident has the feel of foreshadowing: Will his nibs be next???