Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Resolutions: 2017

I wish all a very happy and prosperous New Year in 2017!

2016 was a year of great change and much deception; more than our nation may have ever seen before, including the pre war propaganda of the late 1850's as the inflammatory nature of hatred is fanned to proceed to war.  

What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2017?

I have long admired the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards; one of America's most powerful intellects.  He began them as a teenager, and they were "life long" resolutions.  His biography by Iain H. Murray is a heart-warming, inspiring and one of my all time favorites.  Here are some samples:  

#7: Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
#25: Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
#58: Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness, and benignity.
#67: Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

There was another that I have prized my entire adult life where he resolved himself to uncover truth in something he set his mind to.  In other words, when an issue arose, he would do everything he could to explore, examine, analyze and learn it.  
This has always inspired me, though I have not always been successful in it.  Guitar and Chess are two personal examples of such.  I love both, but arthritis of the thumb in the former, and time constraints on the latter, conspire with the lack of natural talent, to hinder me.  As chess is an exercise of the mind, I am resolved, in 2017, to force myself to 'take a break' and use 30 minutes or so to study chess.  With weight loss, exercise, and so much else we do, the key is self discipline. Self discipline in one area can make it easier to apply in another.  
As an analyst and an instructor, I must learn something about almost everything.  Therefore, I give myself, a portion at a time, to learning all the essentials of a given topic, so as to, in the very least, have familiarity with it, and how it will impact language.  
Over the years, I have compiled a data base of information and research on some of these various topics and am readying them for release for advanced analysts in 2017.  
Deception has become such a powerful norm within corruption, that I have found readers' comments encouraging; they no longer trust main stream media with fewer people even bothering to read.  
In the United States, we have had a history of pricing honesty, while relegating deception and corruption to "third world" nations.  In recent years, we imported corruption and self-destructive ideologies. 
Alexis de Tocqueville traveled and observed on the great American experiment of Democracy and understood plainly:
it only works when people are of "good will."
That is to say, that freedom can only exist when people think of the better of others over themselves.  When it is "every man for himself". there is a dramatic increase in laws restricting freedom, eventually leading to the corruption of silencing free speech.  Barak Obama was a masterful expert at deception, deflection and dividing people while corrupting America's powerful institutions, such as the Internal Revenue Service.   Everything from his "war on police" to the Islamic Republic of Iran nuclear weapon capability and ransom payoff for terror, to is fake name email to Hillary's server, his eloquence was used to deceive and promote Marxist-Islamic ideology that came from his background.  
When government attempts to legislate human kindness, the only result is tyranny.  
For more than a generation, the government of the United States adopted a new ideology for its schools where it taught that one's personal opinion of oneself is paramount.  This naturally opposed the former, "seek the best for others over self" ideology in America's founding, and grew to where it is today in our colleges:
The illogic of elevating human emotions to a 'god like' status.  It is, in a very real sense, a religious viewpoint.  Those who benefit most from this have been politicians. Those who are most harmed is debatable:  is it the college kids or young people, themselves, enslaved to absurdity (of 52 "genders", for example), or is it worse for society, particularly, the businesses who will employ them?
For us, this downward spiral of tyranny, which must be maintained by deception and silencing opposition, presents an opportunity for those who give themselves to learning to discern deception. 
It is common to find those who will claim to be experts but are not.  A quick scan of the internet or of you tube and this becomes quickly evident.  Not only this but body language "experts" and then now failing 'micro expression' are still offered but are not disciplines investigators and analysts can use definitively.  One expert will say "the seating posture of Kate McCann away from her husband clearly shows guilt" with another saying, "the seating posture of Kate McCann away from her husband clearly shows worry over a kidnapping..." while Statement Analysis of those both formally  trained and practiced, will run at or near 100% accuracy.  Regardless of the jury verdict, Statement Analysis showed Casey Anthony's deception.  Those given to the emotional slavery can only argue absurdity and hyperbole, rather than counter with logic.  
Statement Analysis training is challenging.  
It begins easy enough, but the student soon learns that there will be much exciting work before him or her, and that like most else in this world, effort is required to reach excellence.  Excellence is defined subjectively, not accepting 70% accuracy rate, but at or near 100% accuracy with the only exception being a contaminated statement; one that the interviewer's language and ideas has impacted the statement.  Beyond that, there should be no error. 
In Employment Analysis, we begin with the presupposition similar to accusation based statements:
The subject did not do it. 
In Employment, the presupposition is "I am going to recommend this applicant for interview" and give the topics or questions needed.  
To conclude, "No interview recommended", the applicant must literally "talk me out of it" just as in the criminal statement. 
In the now well referenced 911 call where the subject passed a polygraph clearing him, the 911 call analysis began with:
He did not do it.  He is just upset.  Who wouldn't be?
He literally "talked me out of it" point after point after point.  
Because "out of the abundance of the heart (intellect/emotions) the mouth speaks." 
I brought this up to a team of analysts and students recently.  
I not only 'staked my name and career' on the conclusion (I did) but I presented the analysis to more than 130 professional investigators and analysts, over a period of two years. 
First, because it is an excellent teaching tool, but secondly, I sought to learn if any professional will find a point of disagreement or even doubt as to the subject's guilt. 
"Beyond a reasonable doubt" was not my threshold:  I sought any doubt from anyone.  
This included professionals from all parts of law enforcement in the United States, as well as the UK, Germany, France, Australia and Canada.  
Redacted transcripts were presented and analyzed in seminars, classes and in online trainings. 
I concluded the same, asking if there was anyone who thinks the subject may not have done it. 
Not one.  
Not only was I met with silence, but I sought a single opinion where a single professional would say, "although I think he did it, on this point, I don't think it quite..."
Not one. 
Thus, the power of study and science over the guess work and false claims of being 'gifted' or endued with magical-like talents of lie detection. 
Professional Resolutions 
Besides some personal resolutions for the upcoming year, I am
Resolved, for 2017, with as much as within me, to continue to learn and to continue to be thorough with analysis, entertaining all scrutiny and debate, and remain disciplined to stay within principle and resist all temptation for prideful 'guess work.'
Resolved to continue to study human nature, knowing that each new chapter of learning is to discover an entire new book of the unknown, as the complexity of human nature, and its attempts to conceal deception or masquerade it as goodness is more powerful than I know. 
Resolved to continue to give special attention to under-reported and lesser understood fields where linguistics are ignored or misunderstood, including black urban speak, threat assessment analysis, adult victims of childhood trauma, the language of addiction, and other such fields in acute need.  In each area, I am resolved to read at least one biography of an important person, in each field.  
Resolved to work with other professionals in obtaining and building data base of reliable research to assist in analyzing the language of the above. 
Resolved to facilitate the growth of other professionals, new and old, in assisting them just as I have been kindly assisted by others.  
Resolved to ask more questions within both statements and seminars, to further enhance the student analyst or student investigator in his or her own development, just as with advanced professionals. 
Resolved to continue to embrace childhood enthusiasm for learning, including further studies into cultural impact upon language, for myself and to embrace others sharing the same goals and desire for learning.  
Resolved, whenever possible, to help facilitate the pro bono work, particularly for victims of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse, by working and by soliciting other professionals in this worthy endeavor. 

Resolved to increase, carefully, pro bono work to include assisting patriots who are courageously fighting for freedom, whether here in the United States, or any part of the world. These are slandered, libeled, threatened and sometimes incarcerated.  If my skill set can be of value, I am resolved to help.  
Resolved to assist in helping promote and rehabilitate the destruction that lies and propaganda have done to the professionals in law enforcement to restore them to the pace of honorable respect they once had, and the dignity that those who protect and serve, in any capacity, deserve.  This includes grass roots movements to help teach children to once again, use respectful manners towards them, and counter the lies of terror and race-baiting techniques popular today.  
Resolved in continuing to assist Human Resources in employment analysis, including law enforcement, to help return to the success and logic  of hiring the best and brightest, while screening out the deceptive and the destructive. 
Resolved to continue to expand studies into emerging media outlets of communication, including more analysis of social media, texts, and emails, while seeking to build a strong data base to share with professionals seeking truth.  
Resolved to continue and to increase my personal appreciation and enjoyment of the success of others in this field of study.  

What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2017?
Do you have goals for your career?  Will you be formally studying lie detection, firming up your resume and gaining traction for your career?
Are you a professional who now has the need to move ahead into advanced work?
Are you ready to embrace volume, repetition and the subtle blessing of transcription?
Are you willing to study the basic personality types within criminals and learn the patterns that emerge in language?
Are you going to contribute to the healing of the damaged society, refusing the bait of moral narcissism, and instead encourage freedom of speech, and seek to protect, rather than exploit others?
Are you going to continue to refuse to support main stream media, and its corporate backings, until it returns to any reasonable semblance of its former self and report accurately, without twisting and distorting truth, to fit political narrative?
Are you going to, this year, learn to discern lies from the truth, publicly, and privately; to the benefit of yourself and others?


Tania Cadogan said...

My New Years Resolution is the same one I do every year and the same one i have kept for many years:

I promise to make at least one person smile each day.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Hobs, your snarky makes more than one person a day smile in our home, alone!

Happy New Year!

Peter + Heather

Tania Cadogan said...

Happy New year to you and your family Peter and Heather.
Thanks for taking the time to edjumacate us and the patience when we goof up.
Thank you for the smiles, the adorable photos, keeping the snow in Maine in my case.
Thank you both for simply being the awesome people you are.

Happy New Year to all the commentators and readers of this blog.

Your comments help me continue to learn, make me smile and even laugh out loud.

May 2017 be everything you all wish for (except for sending snow to the UK, specifically where i live. You can keep that wish)

Hugs and smooches all round

Tania aka Hobs xx

Tania Cadogan said...

Off topic

Connecticut's highest court has reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.

State prosecutors had asked the state Supreme Court to reinstate the 2002 murder conviction against Skakel in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley when they were teenage neighbors in wealthy Greenwich.

It wasn't immediately clear if Skakel will be sent back to prison or allowed to remain free if he appeals or asks the high court to reconsider. His lawyer, Hubert Santos, said he was reviewing the ruling and had no immediate comment.

Connecticut's highest court heard arguments in February on whether Skakel should get a new trial or be sent back to prison for the murder, which took place in 1975.

Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, was freed on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a lower court judge ordered a new trial after finding that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him. He had been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Skakel, 55, was seated in the gallery of the courtroom for the hearing, as was his cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Judge Thomas Bishop ruled that Skakel likely would have been acquitted if his trial lawyer, Michael Sherman, had focused more on his brother Thomas Skakel. Sherman has defended his work on the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Horse Chestnut said...

Fake hate??

Tania Cadogan said...

more off topic :)

A North Carolina town has nixed Rachel Dolezal from its Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest next month, saying her scheduled appearance would “take away from the goals” of the event.

Charming Cary, North Carolina, had originally booked Dolezal to speak on a panel about racial identity and race relations. The former president of the Spokane, WA NAACP chapter, Dolezal drew nationwide controversy after news broke that she was born to white parents. She says she identifies as black.

Dreamfest organizers originally said they had chosen Dolezal because she had “been depicted as a major villain through media because of her racial identity, yet she didn’t steal from anybody. She didn’t murder anybody. She didn’t rob anybody. She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well.”

But local backlash quickly built around Dolezal’s appearance, with eight clergy decrying her “sensationalized presence” in a letter and saying that her participation would “not honor the stories, voices, and experiences of the people for whom the Rev. King gave his life.”

The Dreamfest’s organizers quietly removed Dolezal from the scheduled panel in mid-December.

Doug McRainey, Cary’s parks, recreation and cultural resources director, told Heat Street the town supports this decision.

“While we were hopeful that her being part of a panel discussion of discrimination could be meaningful, we heard concerns from pastors and citizens that her presence would result in a negative notoriety that would overshadow all of the good Dreamfest is set to deliver – something no one wanted to see happen,” McRainey said.

Through her publicist, Dolezal declined to comment.

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Habundia said...

Hi Peter and all blogreaders,

Wish you all the best for 2017, and whish for all of you that you wishes may come true.
I hope to learn even more about all the fassets of SA, it's been an eye opener for me since I found this blog and started to learn that words say so much more then meet the eye. Thank you for sharing you wisdom and intellect, it has made me see that there are people with brains on the internet and they are not all morons lmao. Really can't thank you enough for that!

Hey Jude said...

Peter - your resolve is as admirable as it is inspirational - thank you for the setting of a good example as so often you do.

I wish for you, your family, a happy and prosperous 2017, and for success in all your endeavours.

To all readers and commenters, a happy, peaceful and prosperous year ahead - for those in sadness and difficult times may it be better than other years.

Good health, live long and prosper.


I resolve to read Pilgrim's Progress again and to revisit Jonathan Edwards.

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Nic said...

I resolve to listen more.

I resolve to resume my exercise regime.

Peter, I'm not sure you realize it, but all of your professional resolutions inevitably work out to be a benevolent gift from you to all who find your blog. I thank you.

Happy New Year to all.