Originally posted on January 4, 2015. Updates provided in COMMENTS below.
“Once something is added to your collection of beliefs, you protect it from harm. You do this instinctively and unconsciously when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. Just as confirmation bias shields you when you actively seek information, the backfire effect defends you when the information seeks you, when it blindsides you. Coming or going, you stick to your beliefs instead of questioning them. When someone tries to correct you, tries to dilute your misconceptions, it backfires and strengthens those misconceptions instead. Over time, the backfire effect makes you less skeptical of those things that allow you to continue seeing your beliefs and attitudes as true and proper.”
Hi there, folks. Me again. Please believe me when I tell you that I have much better things to be doing with my time (and my life) than talking about Brianne Chantal Patterson Duke. With that being said, there have been a lot of recent on-line activities, that as a concerned observer, and more specifically, as a proud Canadian citizen, I simply can’t ignore.
For starters, let’s pick up where we left off, which was my last article on November 20, 2014, where I specifically stated (rather harshly) that if the Rest in Peace Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Facebook supporters didn’t want to wake up to the atrocities of war or the blatant activities of a known scam artist, then who was I to stand in their way? I mean, why should I or anyone care, right? It’s a free world (or so we like to think).
But like I was telling a friend last night, I don’t blame the on-line supporters for not believing the scandalous and/or mind-boggling claims that have been made against Brianne. I admit – they are strange and unbelievable. And so, I know precisely why the supporters get their backs up and defend her, despite not knowing anything about her or her past, because EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is a really good person with a really big heart. But sadly, this makes them easily susceptible to the lies and manipulation of any person (in this case – Brianne) who would choose to exploit their good nature. It’s quite unfortunate actually.
So anyway, let’s get on with it. And please pay careful attention to the dates.
“When you start to pull out facts and figures, hyperlinks and quotes, you are actually making the opponent feel even surer of his position than before you started the debate. As he matches your fervor, the same thing happens in your skull. The backfire effect pushes both of you deeper into your original beliefs.”
The following post (Jan. 3) claims that Brianne had been hospitalized due to the stress and suffering of depression, which apparently was caused by the harassment from a gentleman (who she has also claimed publicly to be her ex-boyfriend) who goes by the name of Dann Martin.
Dann Martin is a video blogger out of Calgary, Alberta who is also known on Twitter as @hungrytrucker (please notice that there is no “the” before the name). He describes himself as a single dad, an ex-military soldier of eight years, and a proud Canadian citizen. He also states that it was only upon sending out one single Tweet questioning the validity of the fund-raising efforts behind the Nathan Cirillo Facebook page, that he was first introduced to Brianne. According to Dann, he had no prior knowledge of Brianne before that, let alone any sort of romantic involvement with her as she later stated on her social media accounts. He does confess however to making an inappropriate joke on her Instagram page (something to do with a banana), where he goes by the name of “thehungrytrucker.”
In his recent videos, Dann also claims that Brianne responded to his intended joke by creating false Facebook and Twitter accounts bearing his name (including the word “the” beforehand), and using these accounts to leave extremely threatening and harassing messages on some of her own photos. These false accounts have since been reported by Dann, and removed by both Twitter and Facebook.
Now again, Dann claims that he and Brianne have never been in a relationship. But I would think that if Dann is lying about this, then this would be fairly simple for Brianne to prove. If they were in fact in a relationship, and she’s not lying through her teeth, then I would think that she would have absolutely no problem answering the following questions:
How old are Dann’s daughters? What are their names? What are the exact dates that they were involved in a relationship? How did they first meet (he lives and works in Alberta – she’s in British Columbia). What is the name of Dann’s father? How many siblings does Dann have? . . . and so on. You know; typical information that any boyfriend or girlfriend would know about their significant other. Easy stuff.
In fact, here’s my challenge to each of the readers: Ask Brianne yourself. Ask her these questions and see how she responds. If you don’t know what to believe anymore or who’s telling the truth in all of this, then please continue to give Brianne the full benefit of the doubt and ask her to answer these basic, simple questions. And one way or another, you will get your answer.
Twitter: @Briadoublene BLOCKED
Facebook: Rest in Peace Cpl. Nathan Cirillo REMOVED
Facebook: Light Up Yellow REMOVED
Blog: What The Eff?
So now I ask you . . .
Does this really sound like a person who is suffering from depression, to the point of being hospitalized as a result of it?
Doesn’t it seem a bit odd that she had previously announced a much anticipated surgery as well as an on-going health problem long before Dann Martin starting poking around?
And lastly, doesn’t it seem just a wee bit offensive and hypocritical that she would be so offended by Dann’s banana joke, but has no problem whatsoever laughing it off when someone else accuses her of being much worse?
A compliment? Really?
Unfortunately, these are all questions that you’ll have to answer for yourself. I can’t tell you what to think or believe. All I can do is point you in the right direction. Oh, and if at the end of your investigation, you find the answers you’ve been searching for and you still don’t have a problem with this woman (who if I’m correct, has been acting severely and criminally towards Dann Martin – a former soldier btw) running a website on behalf of Nathan Cirillo and making a mockery of all of our fallen brothers and sisters, then maybe you should re-evaluate your own role in all of this.
Especially you Amarit (if you’re even a real person and not just another one of Brianne’s fake social media profiles). You are now an accomplice.
“The more difficult it becomes to process a series of statements, the less credit you give them overall. During metacognition, the process of thinking about your own thinking, if you take a step back and notice that one way of looking at an argument is much easier than another, you will tend to prefer the easier way to process information and then leap to the conclusion that it is also more likely to be correct. In experiments where two facts were placed side by side, subjects tended to rate statements as more likely to be true when those statements were presented in simple, legible type than when printed in a weird font with a difficult-to-read color pattern. Similarly, a barrage of counterarguments taking up a full page seems to be less persuasive to a naysayer than a single, simple, powerful statement.”
All the best.
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Written November 3, 2014