Fear Uncertainty Doubt

Trump and FUD


In the 1960s and 1970s, FUD – fear, uncertainty and doubt/disinformation – emerged as a marketing strategy. IBM was the dominant player in the world of business computers. Other companies had equivalent hardware and software but, IBM salespersons would say, “They aren’t IBM.” WC represented a client that conducted an invitation for bids for business…

Part of Flanders Field Cemetery and Memorial

Veteran’s Day and Armistice Day


(This is a re-post, explaining WC’s ambivalence to Veteran’s Day, first posted back in 2012.) WC’s maternal grandfather served in France in World War I. He wanted nothing to do with Veteran’s Day. He regarded it as a cheapening, a betrayal of Armistice Day. He solemnly, sometimes tearfully, celebrated Armistice Day with a minute of…

It’s Not a “Coup,” Donald


Donald Trump, in one of his recent tweet storms, called the U.S. House impeachment investigation “a coup.” Pretty clearly, our President is confused. WC is willing to help him understand. Coup The term comes from the French coup d’ état, literally meaning a “stroke of state” or “blow against the state”. A coup is an unlawful,…