Good job 3rdleg. As you are finding, the path to dicovering even small examples of how a person really can begin to learn how to become self informed, and the gratifying sense of empowerment that comes with, is littered with all kind of obstacles and debris, human and otherwise. That in itself should be an additional cofirmation for you. Anytime your path experiences frequent intrusion and interruption by petty actors promoting old and worn out brainwahsed methodology, this itself tends to confirm that you must be on a right track.... otheriwse, why would such mindless sycophants be trying to knock you off such a track?
Looking forward to seeing you post the first hand experiences with your Zapper!