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[Trailhead?] Chicago Mayor Candidate Garrison Medill
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thefuturesnow
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[Trailhead?] Chicago Mayor Candidate Garrison Medill
Not sure what's going on here.

I noticed there's this guy running for mayor on wikipedia, but when I look at his info it seems kind of weird. I've never heard of him before and there's not much of a trail with him before a few weeks ago. I surfed around a bit and found a bunch of connecting sites. It's in Chicago obviously, and Garrison Medill's been promoting some event tonight at Columbia College.

http://medillformayor.org/?page_id=14

And there's a forum here http://www.bigresistance.com that seems to have people speculating. Looks like there might be something there. Anyone know anything about it?


Here's some other sites:

http://www.twitter.com/garrisonmedill
http://www.medillformayor.org
http://www.cnblabs.com

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DarkProject
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This looks odd, but I'll bite.
On
http://bigresistance.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4
I found the attached file, looks like whoever is putting this out is portraying the candidate as a time-traveller, predicting Rahm as the winner, and trying to stop it.

If this is part of the campaign, I'm intrigued. If the campaign isn't real, then I still am...

Also, http://www.medillformayor.com isn't up yet, so we'll see...
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thebruce
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Very suspicious indeed...

Having been posting since March, apparently, there are minimal comments (posted recently), and he has 15 tweets since October, and extremely limited followers... the press release was posted today for the event tonight, but is dated October 26th?

Either he's very bad at running for an election, or something's up here...


ETA: very suspicious. This image of a note was posted to the forum here; supposedly uncrumpled and photo'd, but looks far too clean for that, like it was created digitally.

ETA2: d'oh! Beaten to the punch by darkproject (image attached in above comment)

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DarkProject
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thebruce, I checked that out...

http://www.silvertonguecolumbia.com/main/?page_id=424

Silver Tongue appears OOG, yet the press release dated 11/7 is there as well. Certainly the posting on the IG site can just be hopping onto the existing event, since the press release says nothing about who will be showing up.

Edit: Also IG: http://garrisonmedill.com

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thebruce
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Yep, I'm thinking it's something...

Anon registrations (via Dreamhost) for:
* garrisonmedill.com
* medillformayor.org
* bigresistance.com (forums)
* cnblabs.com (via the forums)

...just to start.

And true DP, the event may be a legitimate event.

ETA: @garrisonmedill and @cnblabs both starting tweeting about the same time (mid-October)
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DarkProject
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Found in a link on Medill's personal site:
http://voteordont.wordpress.com/

The only event they have listed is the Chicago Mayor Volunteer Drive, which is linked to so much that I think this is either an ARG to promote the drive or an IG event. At least there may be a drop there.

Any folks in the Chicago area?

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another_pilot_dwn
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if you dig into their "website" you find this http://cnblabs.com/?page_id=7

there have also been responses and a post with this http://nanotechweb.org/cws/journals/featured

And a respones from a MKizpher

Both responded/posted on Oct 26.

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thefuturesnow
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Sorry about the wrong link for the mayor site. I fixed it in the OP now.

I'm going to try to go to the event tonight. If nothing else, free food.

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thebruce
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CNBLabs.com has an application .DOC downloadable, and checking its meta properties has
Author: sbarnett and
Company: Kendle International

There is a Kendle International match with a Sheri Barnett, location in Cincinnati though, at http://www.kendle.com - which I believe to be fully legitimate. So either the doc was 'borrowed' from that site with the meta tags not cleared, or Kendle Inc has a hand in this.

...still snooping...

eta: the forum now has a private section, pw protected
http://bigresistance.com/viewforum.php?f=6
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:37 pm
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thebruce
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dbl post - Transcript of the letter

Quote:
Blake,

I think it best that we communicate in writing when we are unable to meet in person. I can't go into it all now, but it is my belief that I'm being followed by -------------, and if they're following me, then it is almost certain that my phone lines and emails are being monitored. As a precaution I've set up a delivery point, the key to which I will give you in person when next we meet. It is very important that you keep this key and any communication under constant supervision.

My arrival ------------ was josting, to say the least, but overall I am excited by the success of the --------- ---------. Fortunately for us the people of Chicago are too mentally withdrawn to have noticed my ----------------. What is important now, though, is my campaign. Based on the history from our own time, I think it's important that we align our platform with that of Rahm Emanuel, the winner of the historic 2011 election. However, we must do this without being conspicuous.

So far I am pleased with the progress my campaign has made, though, with every supporter comes opposition. I'm tracking my publicity. I was disconcerted to come accross[sic] an opposition forum. My suspicion is that it was set up by ------. It seems too soon for the public to be rallying against me. Please check into this site: http://bigresistance.com. Let me know what you make of it. Perhaps we should infiltrate the forum and attempt to mitigate this slander.

I'm becoming frantic, Blake. I fear that my paranoia might affect my public appearances. Am I being paranoid? Is there a possibility that ---- knows about ---------? Let's hope not. Let's meet soon. We must make our move quickly if we're to make it at all. Time is running out!

Sincerely yours,
Gary


notes...
Quote:
I think it's important that we align our platform with that of Rahm Emanuel, the winner of the historic 2011 election.

Winner of the 2011 election?
chicagoforrahm.com is also Anon reg'd, however the site uses the same structure/design as some other candidates (linked from the http://voteordont.wordpress.com site) and his twitter @rahmemanuel looks to fairly legit with a hefty follower/following count and tweets since Oct 6 (perhaps legit timing for an election campaign)


Anyone want to run some tineye recognition on the photos used for the candidates on the voteordont wordpress? Razz


ETA: Gary's Wikipedia article was deleted, but google's cached content reads:
Google cache of Wikipedia article wrote:
Garrison Medill, also known as "Gary" Medill, was born in Evanston, Illinois on December 10, 1945. As the only son of homemaker Natalie Davis and dentist Howard Medill, he was not interested in politics immediately. He informed his parents he dreamed of becoming a dentist at age eight.Soon after his father had Gary working in his office after school, helping in getting patients ready, and cleaning up after patients once they had left. Although the work proved highly satisfying to him, during his high school years he decided he to attend Indiana University's School of Dentistry, going on to become a full-fledged dental assistant at his father's office, where he often performed cleanings on patients, as well as took X-rays.

In 1960, on a trip to an ADA conference in Florida, Garrison Medill's parents, Howard and Natalie Medill, were involved in a car accident ten minutes outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed both of them instantly. An eighteen-wheel truck had jackknifed, crushing the top of the car underneath the trailer. Garrison, who was at home studying for high school finals, had stayed behind with an aunt, and was informed of the news a few hours later. Later that night, his aunt drove down to Tennessee to retrieve the body. Of the accident, Garrison has said, "I couldn't think. I couldn’t function. How do you, after something like that? It changes you forever." It became a pivotal moment in his life that changed hin entirely.

At only fifteen, Garrison Medill was still a minor. He inherited his father's house and remained in his aunt's custody until his graduation from high school in 1962. He graduated fifth in his class. Instead of going on to Indiana University, Garrison decided to attend Pratt Institute, where he pursued a degree in sculpture. There has been a long debate as to why he abandoned the dentistry field. While Garrison himself has never spoken on the subject, it is speculated that he couldn't carry on in the dentistry field and take over the business without his father, both emotionally and legally. Another possible reason is that, with his father's passing, Garrison realized that dentistry itself wasn't where his heart was; instead, what had made dentistry special was his father, without whom the practice meant nothing. His father's practice was eventually sold, and the building became an art gallery.

At Pratt Institute, Garrison did very well with sculpture and excelled above his classmates. He remained there for four years, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art for sculpture. Medill found that after college, sculpting did not provide financially the way he had hoped. He moved back in with his aunt, and in the summer following his commencement, he worked at a nearby summer camp in the Arts and Crafts department, where he'd teach kids everything from painting plaster to sewing small pillows. His enjoyment of the children led him soon after to serve the Christian Children's Fund, joining their support efforts in Indonesia for the next four years. He also communicated with branches in Korea, where efforts were directed to helping displaced children from the war. It was this experience that would perpetuate Medill's interest in politics and serving his community.

When he returned to the US, Medill was 38 years old and ready to have a family of his own. He married a waitress he met in Chicago, but they soon received an annulment after it was revealed she was married to another man as well. Her name was never mentioned again due to the embarassment he had suffered. From there on, Garrison focused solely on his political career. He went back to school and received his M.A. in American Studies from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Feeling properly armed for political service, he joined think tank Chicago First. In the mid-1980's, Medill headed the research teams that aided Congress in its decisions on major drug legislation. Medill has worked as a consultant and organizer on a number of campaigns, including Harold Washington’s run for U.S. House of Representatives. For the past five years, Medill has served as an independent political consultant and occasional freelance reporter in small political magazines.

Currently, Medill is running to become the next Mayor of Chicago.

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No results on his campaign pic...

I recognize Carol Moseley Braun, Rahm Emmanuel and Bob Fioretti...
Gery Chico checks out as real with various OOG sites...
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/October-2010/A-Chat-with-Mayoral-Candidate-Gery-Chico/
The Chris Cooper photo was cropped from here, he's OOG...
http://www.christophercooperformayor2011.org/
Rickey Hendon checks out as OOG
http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?MemberID=1215
Wilfred DeJesus uses a pic from the Huffington Post, OOG...
http://www.dejesusformayor.com/about-wilfredo-de-jesus
Miguel Del Valle is OOG
http://www.delvalleformayor.com/blog/home/

Doc Walls concerns me... Nanotechnology?
But appears to be a real OOG person: http://wallsformayor.com/candidates-bio/

Fredrick K White is OOG
http://www.fredrick-k-white.com/

Important to note, not a one of the OOG candidates have the event at Columbia listed on their pages

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I do agree, Doc Walls is real - for eg, http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-mayoral-candidate-william-doc-walls-0


The sense I get from the letter, is that Gary is in fact from the future ("Based on the history from our own time"), and may indeed be being followed by CNB Labs.

Based on the letter, it sounds like he wants to align himself with the winning candidate so that he (and whoever he's working with - including Blake?) have an "in" with people of power, to help with something related to nanotechnology (perhaps to avoid something bad, or to introduce some world-domination scheme)
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thebruce
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Quick note: just saw that Gary's facebook link hadn't been posted...

http://www.facebook.com/garrison.medill
Medill For Mayer page:
http://www.facebook.com/medillformayor

Notes:
* as of now, 176 friends.
* Likes 1984 (sci-fi comic mag)
* Discussions tab has one thread posted by Gary (link):
Facebook page discussion wrote:
Gary:

Understands that aligning ourselves with natural processes is the most progressive and productive disposition we can have. That’s why he’s committed to expanding sustainable energy initiatives and funding nanotechnology research.

Will go beyond temporary fixes to confront our structural budget deficit in a permanent way.

Believes that new job creation is vital to the continued success of Chicago as a world-class city, and will sponsor initiatives for creating new businesses.

Will ban pay to play campaign contributions. Chicago must begin to repair its reputation for political corruption.

Knows the value of education, and will not let CPS be further affected by budget shortfalls. Schools are an anchor in our communities and must be a top priority.

Will expand city recycling programs and work to make pick-up services available in every neighborhood.

Recognizes that Chicago is a national railway hub and must therefore begin to build a high-speed rail infrastructure. Doing so will create jobs, increase tourism, and attract new businesses.


Tonight's Chicago event (which appears legit):
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126408820748900

Details:
623 S. Wabash, Quincy Wong Center, Chicago
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Quote:
Come watch as students showcase candidates for Chicago mayor!

There will be:
Performances by...
Art Activists' Michael Johnson!
Dan Shapiro, who will be giving us a history lesson.
Chris Terry, who will read about one of Chicago's favorite themes: race.
And many more!

Music!

Food!

And, most importantly, politics!

But again, there will be food.

Mason Johnson, handsome emcee for the event and student curator of campus literary collective Silver Tongue, spoke of the event’s importance, “There are over 12,000 students at Columbia College alone. Combine that with the other Chicago colleges and what you get is an immense group of people who have the power to drive change in the community. If we can harness that power there are no limits to what we can do.”

A table will be designated for each of the candidates, all of whom have been invited to offer literature or send representatives to recruit volunteers.

The Chicago Mayor Volunteer Drive is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Columbia College Art Activists are committed to engaging students and their art forms in current socio-political discussions. These issues can be as far-reaching as Palestine or as local as Pilsen. The Art Activists' next project is an art show on December 10 called "Beyond the Battlefront: War and Alienation." If you're interested in submitting, talk to Michael Johnson or e-mail artactivistsSPLATloop.colum.edu.

emphasis mine. This may be where Gary will be situated.

ETA2: According to the forums, one poster signed up with the 'resistance' mailing list and was mailed a note (again looks digitally created) from the CNB posted here.
Reads:
Quote:
To: all CNB employees
Subject: Company Policy

It has come to our attention that a certain individual has breached company policy. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should company property be used for personal purposes. Further, any operation of prototypes must be approved by the appropriate supervisor.
The company will not be held liable for any negative events that occur from any individual's violation of this policy.

This policy is for the safety and benefit of everyone, yourself included.

Chicago Nanobionics Laboratories
cnlabs.com

Which further promotes the idea that Gary (of CNB in the future) used some equipment to travel back to this time (with knowledge of 2011 election results), and someone (likely the creator of the resistance forum) got hold of this memo sent to CNB employees - informing members of this resistance group here now, of the truth about Gary (likely in an effort to thwart whatever it is Gary's planning to do).


*me really hopes this is a legit ARG and none of this will hinder or harm any actual candidates' campaigns! Shocked Silly
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I live in Chicago; color me intrigued -- although the mayoral race is already going to be enough of an 'alternate reality' for the next 6 months Smile

Anyway, my guess is that this is some kind of project associated with students at Columbia College, in downtown chicago. I don't know if this is specifically supposed to be a get-out-the-vote project or some kind of Chaotic Fiction project. There's no way I can make the event tonight -- I wonder if they'll get any takers?

p.s. yes all of those other people are indeed legit OOG mayoral candidates. It's a free-for-all!

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I have a buddy who is an alum of that College, but he lives downstate near me now. So, no firsthand data from the event from me.

It happens in 15, so if you go, report back to us. The bigresistance site posts that the anti-medill folks should wear all black.

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