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[POLITICS] Spook Country (danger, do NOT engage)
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nrauhauser
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[POLITICS] Spook Country (danger, do NOT engage)
Note: This is irrelevant to your interests -SpaceBass

There is a simmering three way conflict between Andrew Breitbart partisans, members of Democratic Underground, and a motley band of b-tards/goons/EDiots from 4chan, Something Awful, and Encyclopedia Dramatica.

If you look at a few of my personal sites you can see what looks like a trailhead - there are leading PDFs posted to Scribd, a supporting Tumblr, some of the content is bleeding into my WordPress. There is a dedicated contact number (832-429-4827) and some supporting Twitter accounts that you'll see if you start digging.

http://www.scribd.com/nrauhauser

http://nealr.tumblr.com

http://nealrauhauser.wordpress.com


This might look like good clean fun but in the last eighteen months this has produced:


A libel suit taken clear through to a judgment

Two arrests, one for a serious assault

Two lawyers are facing disciplinary action that will likely rise to disbarment

One swatting - spoofed call to local police claiming the target had murdered his wife

One 2011 death threat referral to a U.S. Attorney, who declined to prosecute

One person will likely be written up by Southern Poverty Law Center for hate speech

FBI hate crimes squad interviewed multiple people regarding a death threat in 2010

Multiple instances of people's home addresses and other personal information being distributed

A variety of computer intrusion crimes


And this is just the stuff I'm 100% sure of - there has been a lot of other activity that might well be related to this. A pair of the Breitbart guys attacked(online) a girl using the name @AnonymissDC last week, some of the @CabinCr3w people noticed, and I think the whole situation is going to escalate - Anonymous is liable to provide an etiquette lesson and everyone near this with any sense is digging a foxhole.

There is a countdown timer on my Tumblr - it's a notable date for some federal criminal stuff that has not yet been made public. The motivation behind the game play features in what is happening now is covered here:

http://nealrauhauser.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/conspiracism-competence/


So ... there you have it. If you see people talking about this please point them to this post as a means of warning them off any involvement.




Edit: Retagged and moved. Confused. This seems unnecessary. -SpaceBass

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:48 am
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OhWhatProvidence
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I think this is the main part of the reason you aren't supposed to post a trailhead IC. It's really damn confusing.... I'll poke around a bit, but for now, just... "Huh?"

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:10 pm
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Araenna
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MeredithKing wrote:
I think this is the main part of the reason you aren't supposed to post a trailhead IC. It's really damn confusing.... I'll poke around a bit, but for now, just... "Huh?"


Wait, it is a trailhead? I thought it was a warning against following a trailhead.

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OhWhatProvidence
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Well, it pretty clearly says "Trailhead" at the top, it's just that it's posted in-game on an out-of game forum... Like an actor staying in character even when you really only wanna talk to the actor, not the part they play. :/ [plus i it's against the TOS of unfiction]

Unless you're being sarcastic, then yea.

This looks like a /lot/ of backlogging for a new ARG, it'll take a lot to understand and right now I don't have time for this with the other ARGs higher on my list. I applaud the effort though, but... quite frankly, I have no clue what's going on.

Fiance suggested it could be a meta-trailhead, like it's a warning against a game but the game went wrong so now it's a game of it's own but the second game is the real game... if this makes sense.

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Araenna
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MeredithKing wrote:
Well, it pretty clearly says "Trailhead" at the top, it's just that it's posted in-game on an out-of game forum... Like an actor staying in character even when you really only wanna talk to the actor, not the part they play. :/ [plus i it's against the TOS of unfiction]

Unless you're being sarcastic, then yea.

This looks like a /lot/ of backlogging for a new ARG, it'll take a lot to understand and right now I don't have time for this with the other ARGs higher on my list. I applaud the effort though, but... quite frankly, I have no clue what's going on.

Fiance suggested it could be a meta-trailhead, like it's a warning against a game but the game went wrong so now it's a game of it's own but the second game is the real game... if this makes sense.


I read the post, and even though it said trailhead, it.. seemed like maybe it wasn't? I thought maybe they just tagged it wrong. >.>

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Gimme20dollaz
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....I don't think this is an ARG. I think this person is genuinely crazy.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:48 am
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nrauhauser
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definitely a warning

It looks like an ARG trailhead, but it is most pointedly NOT - there are some ARG-ish features to the conflict because of the people that got involved, but posting here was not intended to attract new players - it's basically a creepy political thing that actually got violent in the first days of 2012 and I suspect it's going to keep escalating until a few of the ringleaders face serious consequences.

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LeHommeSuspendu
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And you're posting it here why, exactly?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:47 pm
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Araenna
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Ok, am I the only one who can't find anything about this conflict on the psoted websites? I'm really confused still. And why is it marked trailhead if it's not a trailhead? What the hell is this?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:56 pm
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nrauhauser
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a small update

OK, I'm new, wasn't trying to be coy. Here is what is happening:


I am learning about ARG design and I started playing with a back trail - a secret history of Anonymous. I put in a bunch of story line - I'm a pretty good writer, and I know this topic well. I started including a "text me for more information" at the end. I didn't have a specific scenario in mind, figured I might use it at some point in the future.

I have done political consulting the last few years and it got really ugly in 2010 - think packing up on a moments notice and driving off into the night while the FBI hate crimes squad was knocking on doors in the states in the southeast. Things have progressed from there - there are civil and criminal things going on in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and California. A couple of lawyers are going to lose their licenses, one guy seems primed for some jail time, another guy got hospitalized and there is a civil suit over that. I get targeted quite a lot - have to keep utilities & rent under company name rather than mine, I don't disclose travel plans, have basically dropped public speaking, etc.

So my just for fun back trail and real world political stuff was getting swirled together, and I was worried someone would come along and say "Oh, a game!" and end up getting dragged into something that is both very real and potentially violent.


So that stuff is out there, it looks like a game, it might even feel like a game at first, but it will rapidly lead to people the Southern Poverty Law Center has characterized as white supremacists.

Sorry for the confusion.

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its a funny job....! Laughing








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LeHommeSuspendu wrote:
And you're posting it here why, exactly?


To continue escalating the issue until the other guy gets what ther OP feels is due them, and which may backfire as OP begins to look like a whiney snit.
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Necro thread is necro Steff. Poster before you is likely a soon to be spammer. Let's let threads like this just die...
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