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API Contracept Strategy - IPA/IN/666
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CEO document contents:  

Document Reference: IPA/IN/666  Issue: Draft 42  Date: 15/04/83 No of Pages 4.
Author(s):  Kurt Jenner                          Status:  Definitive
         This IN describes the "API Contracept Strategy" which is the exact
         Converse of the "IPA Intercept Strategy." Various contracept methods
         are described, and it is concluded that an "Exocept" (Counter
         Contracept) Strategy may be based on a recognition of these.


    The IPA Intercept Strategy has been widely publicised. It also appears
    that many other organisations are taking a similar approach to
    OSI Standardisation.
    However, it has been discovered that some organisations are also practising
    the converse of this: the API (Active Prevention of Inter-working)
    Contracept Strategy. This little known strategy is operated secretly but
    most effectively, and the purpose of this IN is to bring some of its
    method out into the open where they can be recognised for what they are.


    The development of International Standards can be likened to the events of
    conception, pregnancy and birth. At the outset, the decision to produce a
    standard is made. There then follows frantic activity during which many
    organisations compete to develop the standard. An International Standard
    can usually trace many ancestors in its genes. Eventually the standard
    is born and is given a name, which is generally quite prosaic but
    interestingly is always called after the mother. The gestation period of
    an International Standard depends on its mother and may be up to 5 years.

    Many organisations develop their own standards, but the chief International
    ones are ISO, CCITT, ECMA and ANSI. The prime focus for OSI Standardisation,
    ISO (Internecine Strife Organisation), sees the effect of both Intercept and
    Contracept Strategies; it is not accidental that "ISO" is "OSI" backwards.
    One body that is very effective in getting its own way is CCITT
    (Comit'e pour Conformance aux Ide'es T'el'ephiniques Totale).
    However, ECMA (Effective Contracept Methods Association), provides an
    excellent counter to CCITT activities.
    ANSI (American Nexus for Sub-committees In-fighting) finds itself
    in the middle of opposing CCITT-like and ECMA-like views.


3.1 Sterilisation

    The intention here is to prevent rival organisations from producing any
    useful ideas. As a rule this only delays rather than prevents effective
    output, but time is of the essence in Standardisation work. Sterilisation
    methods require attendance at rival organisation meetings.
    Some techniques used are:

    - bogging down the meeting by discussing trivia and causing
      diversions onto irrelevant topics.

    - introducing contributions from other organisations and insisting
      that they be evaluated for consistency with the work of the
      organisation itself.

    - sending enough people to the meeting to ensure that promising
      ideas are voted down.

3.2 Abstinence

    This method aims to ensure the involuntary absence of rival
    organisations from important meetings. This is generally not a reliable
    method, but is practised because of its unsettling side-effects.
    Its techniques include:

    - holding meetings in inconvenient places (e.g. on the other side
      of the world)

    - choosing meeting times to clash with those of rival organisations.

3.3 Rhythm Method

    This method is widely practised, but is not effective for contracept
    purposes on its own. The essence of it is that regular attendance
    (hence the name) is made at the meetings of rival organisations. The
    result is insinuation into the organisation so that its members forget
    that the insinuator is an outsider. The ultimate success of the Rhythm
    Method is being appointed as Secretary (which is a good position to be
    in if facts or views have to be distorted) or even as Chairman.

3.4 Withdrawal

    This is a very risky contracept tactic and requires considerable courage.
    The principle is to withdraw totally from a discussion which is leading
    to contrary ideas. If done properly, it not only undermines the
    confidence of the others in the idea being debated, but also gives the
    "agent-provocateur" a chance to sow the seeds of dissension elsewhere
    in other sub-groups.

3.5 The Sheath

    The SHEATH (System for Harassment of Enemies and Tying their Hands) is
    reasonably reliable if used properly. When attempts to prevent a rival
    organisation from developing and bringing its own ideas to a meeting
    have been unsuccesful, then various methods of frustrating effective
    delivery of these ideas are available:

    - ensuring that the rival organisation does not get a fair hearing
      (it helps to be Chairman of the meeting !)

    - splitting the meeting into more sub-groups than there are members
      attending from the rival organisations so that their contributions
      are dissipated.

3.6 The Cap

    As a fall-back position it is possible to use the CAP (Competitor
    Annihalation Programme), although it must be applied only after the
    situation has been carefully sized up. The intention is to ensure that
    cometitive ideas, although properly presented, fall on deaf ears. To
    arrange this takes real skill, but some ploys are:

    - lobbying people before the meeting to make sure that their minds are
      already made up

    - diminishing the status of contributions by contriving that they are
      given as individual rather than organisation positions

    - arranging for rival contributions to be made just after lunch or as
      late as possible (once again, being Chairman helps !)

3.7 The IUD

    IUD (Insidious Undermining of Discussion) methods come into play when,
    despite all endeavours described above, a rival idea has taken root.
    The best option in this case is to cause so much confusion that the idea
    is swamped and forgotten. The techniques of Sterilisation (section 3.1)
    are relevant here although in a different context, but some specialised
    IUD tactics are:

    - querying definitions and terminology with a view to ensuring that
      everyone doubts that he understands what anyone is talking about

    - quibbling over editorial niceties and getting the original ideas lost
      in a discussion of their form not their content.

3.8 The Pill

    The PILL (Permanent Interference with Likely Leaders) is the summation
    of all the contracept methods described in previous sections. It is very
    demanding to sustain this, but more importantly not to get caught doing
    it. However, as the very lack of recognition of contracept techniques
    demonstrates, the PILL can be employed effectively and indetectably over
    a long period of time.

    One particular development of the PILL demands description. This is the
    Morning-After PILL, which is administered after the event if all else
    has failed. No reliable method has been found of frustrating an idea
    once it has been accepted, but research into this possibility is


    The Contracept Strategy may be applied at three levels. First of all it
    may be used against competitive developments' at an early stage.
    Secondly, it may be used to make others aware of the problem and help
    defeat it.
    Finally it may be used to make sure that rival ideas are not brought
    to fruition. This culminates in a triple contracept. It is analogous
    to deciding which horse should lose, backing against it and nobbling it.


    This document has aired some of the methods of the Contracept Strategy.
    By doing so, it is hoped that it has brought this subterfuge to light
    and may form the basis of an Exocept (counter-contracept) Strategy.

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