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ONE DAY LATER

Twenty-four hours after the presidential debate at Granville High School was hacked by STOP, we still have few answers as to what happened. The two campaigns, and the school itself, released brief and almost identically worded statements that strove to downplay the incident—position it as a mere prank. The candidates, we’re told, were ushered from the building according to basic security protocols, but there was never any real cause for alarm, and they were scheduled to depart in another ten minutes anyway. That’s it, folks, nothing to see here.

Not a word about the content of the video or the rationale for the hacking. No insights to be had in any mainstream media, of course, as they’re all just divisions of major media conglomerates owned by the same billionaires who have a controlling share in every other goddamn thing in this country.

And disturbingly, nothing from Full Court Press—except the tantalizing fact that the hacking video wasn’t prerecorded…it was live.

That, and one final post merely stating her silence is being forced on her—which should send a chill down our collective spine.

Whatever STOP said—or did—apparently so freaked out the ruling class that they have the entire faculty and student body of Granville High on digital lockdown.

So it’s up to us non-mainstream media to try to find the answers. And for my part, I say we can begin by going to Panjea. What’s that, you ask?…Panjea hasn’t said one word about the hacking since their initial, three-line story yesterday?…Exactly my point. The debate was sponsored by Panjea. Angela Lovett’s biggest campaign donor is the CEO of Panjea. And now Panjea seems entirely dedicated to burying this story as quickly and as deeply as possible.

So I can’t help but wonder: was STOP’s target not the candidates themselves…but Panjea?

Let me know your thoughts. I think I’m on to something.

LIVE-BLOGGING THE GRANVILLE HIGH DEBATE

5:01 PM – Bennett Avery of CNN introduces the candidates. There’s the usual smiling and small talk; there’s usually no opportunity to score a point at this stage of the proceedings, but Lovett manages one when she turns and heads to her podium; she takes the opportunity to whip out her phone and send a shout-out to the school over Panjea—complete with a hashtag (#webdeb). As usual her campaign team is killing it with social media.

5:10 PM – First question of the night is on climate change. You can almost see Tooms groan. He basically bunts—spewing out a carefully constructed party-line word salad that hits all the talking points but basically refuses to make any admission that climate change even exists. Lovett, by comparison, grabs the ball and runs with it. A big early lead for the Governor here.

5:26 PM – A series of questions on foreign policy. Neither candidate has a huge amount of experience in foreign affairs, so they’re free to spout all the idealistic blather they want without having to answer much for it. Not that they don’t take some hits: Lovett denounces Tooms as being one of the Senators who voted for various wars and military operations; and he returns the favor, pointing out that she was for years the head of the secret service. But I think most people understand that her tenure was focused primarily on homeland security. On balance, I’d give this one to Lovett.

5:44 PM – A brisk exchange on Internet regulation. Lovett lost serious ground here, as Tooms questioned her commitment to rolling back the surveillance state, while still backing more government regulation of the Internet. Lovett tried to dance her way out of that one, but she’s not nimble enough for the job, and it tripped her up big time. The only bad news for Tooms is that he puffs out his chest and beams a big grin at the audience; gloating over a defeated adversary isn’t exactly presidential. Still, this round’s clearly his.

6:09 PM – A very revealing exchange on nuclear power. You could see that neither Tooms nor Lovett was entirely prepared for this question to come up, which is a pretty alarming indication of how far we’ve degenerated since the 1980s. Since both candidates are basically in bed with the major power companies, both of them spun wildly without either managing to say anything substantial. A draw…and a very pathetic one.

6:17 PM – A question on the national debt. Lovett manages to regain lost ground by hammering home Tooms’ role in the financial crisis, which was basically, letting all the big banks off scot free for their economy-cratering chicanery. The guy’s face is beet red and he even let out a nervous laugh at one point. Advantage Lovett.

6:25 PM – Next question is from Samir Gupta, a kid from Bakersfield…that means Courtney Garcia’s next. Looking forward to seeing whether she takes any of my (admittedly rather pushy) suggestions.

6:27 PM – Wait a minute—thought there was some kind of technical error. But now a new video just came up…Is that someone in a Dramatis Personai mask? Did they just hack in? Is that even possible? I have no idea what’s happening here…

6:29 PM – Whoa. Double-whoa. The debate has been hacked—actually hacked—and by the looks of it, by Dramatis Personai. Same spokesman…same mask. The video of Granville High, and of Tooms and Lovett is just…gone. Trying to listen…

6:31 PM – The masked hacker—who introduced himself STOP—managed to get one line out before his feed was cut, presumably by the network. Still no Granville High; no idea what’s going on there. Lots of scrambling at our local affiliate to fill the blank screen. I’m still scrambling myself, mentally. Did STOP just directly piss off one of the two candidates for most powerful person in the world? I’m kind of excited by this, but also a little wary. Is it too much, too soon?…Or is this kind of sheer nerve the reason some people are hacktivists, while other of us just blog anonymously from our apartments?

6:42 PM – In all the confusion I managed to forget I was DVRing all this. I rewound and transcribed what STOP said: “Will you end the silence of six?”—a phrase that already surfaced in a previous Dramatis Personai video…and whose meaning is still a complete mystery.

Then…black. Is there anyone out there who can tell me exactly what just happened in Granville High? The cable news channels—worthless, as usual—are only reporting what everybody already saw. I’ve checked Google, Panjea…nothing. Granville students—are you there? Courtney Garcia, this is your moment—Full Cort Press’s moment. Talk to us…!

 

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DAVID CHOOSES HIS FIRST GOLIATH

Aaaand the hits keep on coming. (And when I say “hits,” I mean roundhouse punches to the solar plexus.) In its latest video, Dramatis Personai goes for broke, squaring off against social media titan Panjea—specifically for the crime of turning its users’ privacy into a marketable commodity. The justice DP metes out is both impressive and hilarious. Anyone know where I can get me a Dramatis Personai t-shirt?

ACTUALLY, IT *IS* A GRAND INQUISITION

Another revelatory post from Full Cort Press, whose high school is hosting the next presidential debate in two weeks. Full Cort (a.k.a. Courtney Garcia), the student whose essay won Granville High the honor of hosting the debate, has been grilled by the advance team of Secret Service agents about her blog activity. At one point they told her not to worry, that “it’s not a Grand Inquisition.”  Which jarred Courtney, because she’d just used that exact phrase in a private Panjea message to a friend. Or should I say a supposedly private message.

I think Courtney’s figuring out what many of us already know: that when a government representative speaks in the negative—“I am not a crook,” “I did not have sex with that woman,” “This isn’t a Grand Inquisition”—it’s only because for them, every day is Opposite Day.

ELLO: A FINE HOW-DO-YOU-DO

With Facebook threatening to delete the account of users who don’t go by their real names, many people—including, most visibly, drag performers and their sympathizers—are abandoning the site and jumping to Ello, the new player on the social media landscape. But they’d be better off looking before they leap. Turns out Ello’s promise of an ad-free, privacy-first paradise is just a chimera: the site was developed with seed money from venture capitalists, which means its subscribers are merely investments to be sold later, when their market value is worth harvesting.

This is great news for Panjea, whose own social-media arm is waiting in the wings to embrace the disgruntled and disaffected—many of whom already have Panjea email and web accounts. Unfortunately it’s this very familiarity that will keep people from looking too critically at Panjea’s own financial backing. The tech giant is notoriously secretive about its investors, but given that its advisory board is heavy on congressmen, governors, and other bureaucratic types, it isn’t too hard to drawn conclusions. When I’ve got the hard goods (and I’m spelunking as we speak), I’ll let you know. In the meantime, maybe it’s time to cut back on social media and cultivate an outdoor hobby. No one can spy on you or profit from you when you’re planting chrysanthemums. Not yet, anyway.

ASSANGE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

As I post this, Julian Assange is on Gawker answering readers’ questions (it’s part of the P.R. push for his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks). As you can imagine, it’s pretty rousing stuff. Example: “One thing you can do, which is quite simple, is treat companies like Google and Facebook as the corporations they are. Lots of people – especially on the left – are aware of the ways in which corporations are exploitative and harmful. But there is a disconnect when it comes to Silicon Valley. Lots of people refuse to buy Coca Cola, but they don’t see any problem with having a Gmail account. I think that is changing lately, but we need a movement to divest from these corporations—which destroy privacy—and to build an alternative internet that isn’t as actively harmful to human interests.” A call to action if ever I heard one. Here’s hoping Apple, Panjea, et all, are quaking in their boots today.

SHARPE: COVER BOY FOR LOVETT’S CORPORATE RUN

Last month I reported that Governor Angela Lovett had hired media guru Kevin Sharpe as her presidential campaign’s “senior strategist and media advisor.” This week Sharpe’s grizzled mug graces the covers of both Time and Wired, where he’s been dubbed “The Architect” for his role in strategizing Lovett’s path to office.

But read the articles and you’ll find something interesting: the only description of Sharpe’s role is that of masterminding the campaign’s online component—and the only specific contribution he’s credited with is…managing Lovett’s page on the Panjea social network.

Sharpe’s past ties to Panjea and its CEO, Victor Ignacio, aren’t widely known—but they’re known well enough for this move to be considered flat-out brazen. We’re being put on notice: democracy is in the hands of the tech titans and their corporate cronies, and this election is about only two things: (1) information, and (2) how to monetize it. When these people get control of the Oval Office, your  citizenship will effectively cease to exist, except as a rhetorical concept. Better get out there and use it while you still can.

GOV. LOVETT TAPS SHARPE FOR TOP CAMPAIGN POST

You know that cold, dark feeling of doom you get whenever government and the tech world team up? Well, you’re about to get it again. Angela Lovett has hired Kevin Sharpe to her presidential campaign’s “senior strategist and media advisor.” And since Sharpe’s rumored to have relationships with everyone from Microsoft to Panjea, you can guess who’s going to be along for the ride…and taking far more than their fair share of the opportunities for profit along the way. Ain’t democracy grand!