HB Gary – Be afraid

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While I hope to eventually talk on my radio show, radio.abirato.info…, with ALL my commenters on this blog – I may have a problem getting through to the the sockpuppets:

According to an embedded MS Word document found in one of the HBGary emails, it involvescreating an army of sockpuppets, with sophisticated “persona management” software that allows a small team of only a few people to appear to be many, while keeping the personas from accidentally cross-contaminating each other. Then, to top it off, the team can actually automate some functions so one persona can appear to be an entire Brooks Brothers riot online.

Daily Kos: UPDATED: The HB Gary Email That Should Concern Us All.

Short of talking via skype to all of my listeners, how do I know who’s real and not real? That’s why analyzing your stats or social media reports is probably useless.

The biggest message you should take from this is that the line between reality and virtual media is moving closer and closer to virtual. As soon as the can get virtual humans moving and talking on video we’re done.

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10 thoughts on “HB Gary – Be afraid

  1. larry

    I would meet up. Online, I don’t trust that anyone is real. Even you Ab. Especially since your at the last gate of “it’s hopeless”. In person, I may also be confronted by fake people. But since I like to study how people lie, and see if I can spot them, it would be a lot more interesting.

    1. larry

      Embarrassing mistakes corrected.
      I would meet up. I don’t trust that anyone is real online. Even you Ab. Especially since you’re at the last gate of “it’s hopeless”. In person, I may also be confronted by fake people, but since I like to study how people lie, and see if I can spot them, it would be a lot more interesting.

      1. ab Post author

        Did I really come across as it’s hopeless? I don’t really recall that being a theme Larry. I do think waking up people is a lost cause, however. Please enlighten me as to how this awakening can succeed.

        BTW these comments can be edited.

        1. larry

          Just spotted another mistake. I shouldn’t comment while I have a headache.
          Ab, you say it’s a lost cause. Sounds pretty hopeless to me.
          How will this awakening succeed? By everyone of us telling all our friends and acquaintances. I know about the resultant ridicule, but it’s just like planting seeds. As in the bible story. (BTW, I’m not religious). It’s also good to know that once a person wakes up to total media (and historical) fakery, they can never go back to sleep. Think about that. It means that the crowd of awake people will keep growing in size at an exponential rate, and will eventually take over this garden earth. I think that TPTB realize this. Hence they pay so much attention to cluesforum. And they certainly want to discourage us from speaking out by instilling a fear of ridicule and fear of their “power”.
          I believe that TPTB think of “truth” as a contagion. Two ways to stop the spread of this contagion are first to vaccinate the population with “weakened” versions of the truth, and second, to get people to practice “safe conversation” (Don’t say anything that will get you laughed at or in trouble).
          People are not going to try to awaken others if they think it’s a lost cause.

          1. ab Post author

            I will try and speak more positively. I suppose I wouldn’t be doing these shows if I didn’t think they would have an impact, though, would I? Check out out friend Humble Howard on episode 32.

  2. Heather

    If you all get together anywhere near the Great Lakes then let me know =) I’d like to show up just to meet someone that thinks like I do. I rarely comment as I usually don’t have anything ‘new’ to offer that hasn’t been brought up already. Others can write things more clearly and precise than I can. I started a PID thread on Cluesforum once (Happy Cynic..I think I called it Simon says you can be replaced, after a characters name/line int he movie link there) but that’s about it.
    I enjoy reading everyones material and comments, though, and thanks to everyone for their work!
    I think I’ve put more personal info in this paragraph than I ever more put online before.
    Thanks Again~Heather near the Great Lakes

    1. ab Post author

      Always cool to have someone new respond. Especially a female – there seem to be so few. Hope you are listening to the radio show as well at radio.abirato.info…. If you want to call in, please contact me via skype at ab.irato99. The more people that add their voices, the more likely others will speak. After all, that’s how the HB Gary software algorithm works!

      BTW – I doubt most would be willing to travel to a meet point in the “Great Lakes Region”. After all, that’s a huge area. The best place to “be real” is via my show – and it costs nothing to meet. Call in!

      1. Pierce Scrim

        Well Tim, I would have flown to an agreed on, nice spot in either Europe or the US.
        Writing a comment on your website makes a person 2D, speaking on your talk cast 3D, and a rendezvous 4D. Besides that, it could be a meaningful experience for us, the ones to whom that specific “click” (I’m borrowing from Culto here) in their lives has happened, to share what they can’t in “normal” life.

        1. ab Post author

          Perhaps if the radioab listenership grows we can have meetups in the various cities. Then you can have your 4D experience. Meanwhile, let’s see if we can get more than a handful of listeners speaking! Baby steps…

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