Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The CIA really made a mistake when they told two of their psychological operations agents to adopt the same "locally believable visual persona." It's like they only have a certain number of templates for the figures they insert into pop media. David Brin and Terry Goodkind were covered here, and here are pictures of Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Pinker. Gladwell is actually graying now, so it goes beyond merely "eerie." For their "doofus academic liberal" type (Pinker and Gladwell), they seem to have been aiming for the "Einstein" look, while for their "wacko pseudo-libertarian man's man" type (Brin and Goodkind), they wanted rugged short beards and overbearing self-confidence.