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I'm usually very much against conspiracy theories, but there is a common game played in Social Media that supports evidence of a "psyop." For those not aware of the prevalence of psyops on Facebook and Twitter for example, here's a Google provided definition:

  • Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.

When Mexico is in the news, for example, someone can find a Trump-positive message that could either provide a catalyst to Trump supporters, or a Trump defense as push-back against Trump detractors.

So let's analyze the above Twitter story for evidence of a "psyop."

First of all, it appears to be new and therefore newsworthy in the face of the "wall" controversy with Mexico. It's dated January 4th, 2019.

But it's not new. It's two year old news masquerading as new news. If you click on the USA Today link, you will see it's from January 2017. That leads to the second piece of "psyop" evidence. Notice that it's not only from January, but is from the exact same day January 4, 2017 to appear as if possibly from January 4, 2019 - only off by a single character. Good enough to pass the IAS (Internet Attention Span).

  • Ford cancels Mexico plant, expands U.S. factory and adds 700 jobs

  • Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY Published 11:14 a.m. ET Jan. 3, 2017 | Updated 6:00 p.m. ET Jan. 4, 2017

And of course, the last thing it does is make Ford appear a bit patriotic, or perhaps makes Trump look like a winner.

Curiously, this same piece of news was being discussed in June 2017 after Ford had decided that it would continue with its plans to move to China. Here is the BBC coverage focusin both on the cancellation of Mexico and the move to China instead:

------------remainder of this post contains excerpts from the BBC article :

Ford to move production of US Focus to China

  • 20 June 2017
Image copyright PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty
Image caption Ford abandoned plans for a new factory in Mexico

Ford is to move production of its new Ford Focus car to China in 2019, despite having faced pressure to keep manufacturing jobs in America.

The carmaker said the decision would not lead to layoffs in the US.

But the move marks another change to its plans for producing the new Focus.

The firm in January scrapped plans to move US production to a new $1.6bn (£1.3bn) plant in Mexico after criticism from Donald Trump.

Currently, Ford makes its Focus cars in Michigan, Germany and in China.

. . .

It may be the president's hands-on style of pressuring companies into bringing production to the US was only effective for a few months.

In January, Ford said it would abandon the new factory and move production to an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico instead. At the time, the company said it would use the savings to invest at a different plant in Michigan working on electric cars.

But Tuesday's announcement means Ford will make the new Focus in China, instead of Hermosillo - producing $500m in savings.

. . .

Ford sold about 67,150 Focus cars in the US in the first five months of 2017, down almost 20% from 2016.


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@JW Insider Wow!!!    This psyops stuff is out of control!!!

The "people" relied on journalists in the past I think to sift through all of this... nowadays though... it seems there is nowhere to turn.

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Ford is axing thousands of jobs across Europe in a cost-cutting effort aimed at offsetting falling profits on the continent.

It's also shutting down a factory in France, considering scrapping low-profit models, reviewing a Russian joint venture, and planning to consolidate its HQ in Britain.

Why all the self-reflection? Tougher emissions rules and shrinking demand have weighed heavily on Ford in Europe, where it claims 6.4% of the new car market. From January to November, Ford sold 2.3% fewer cars in the European Union YoY.

But auto problems span the globe:

  • In the U.S., car sales have slowed as the promise of low-interest loans fades.
  • In China, car sales tanked 19% in December for the steepest decline on record.
  • In Europe, the Brexit deadline (and the higher auto tariffs it might bring) is coming up fast.

Which means Ford isn't alone in its troubles. Also yesterday, Britain's Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to cut its global workforce by 4,500 due to "multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions."

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