luka

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Their claims were incredible: that a man named Thomas Schoenberger had taken over Cicada 3301 by 2014 and that he had later set up the Q phenomena. Further, Schoenberger was linked to a slew of former US intelligence officers. They included Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) members William Binney (ex-NSA) and Robert David Steele (ex-CIA). Even more curious are his supposed to ties to General Michael T. Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Trump's first National Security Advisor. Of course, Flynn served in the latter capacity for less than a month before he was forced to resign in the midst of the scandal. His subsequent legal odyssey could fill an entire blog alone.

General Michael T. Flynn
But how credible is all of this? Both Cicada 3301 and QAnon are described as "alternate reality games" (ARG) in these accounts. When exactly ARGs first emerged is a matter of some dispute, but they are generally believed to be an outgrowth of the 1980s counterculture, and specifically that of the Bay area. Early influences include Discordianism, the Church of the SubGenius, and chaos magic. Operation Mindfuck would be one of the most obvious predecessors. 1988 witnessed the launch of Ong's Hat, the first proper ARG, and a product of the previously mentioned subculture.

While little acknowledged, ARGs constitute a vibrant subculture in their own right. It all seems terribly clever and as with most clever things, the multinationals were drawn like moths to a flame. Sought after game designers are now frequently used in marketing campaigns for films, TV shows, and the like. In more recent years, it also appears intelligence communities got in on the act. In 2013, Wired (which grew out of the same 1980s counterculture milieu) reported that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) had begun studying ARGs as a meanings of enabling the Pentagon to better understand human psychology and social behavior. The project was dubbed "Using Alternate Reality Environments to Help Enrich Research Efforts," or UAREHERE.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
One of the most interesting things about him is that everybody who knows him refuses to talk about him when asked. Like Michael Ledeen for example, who said no way am I talking about Ezra to any journalist. This combined with the stuff you can read in this blog post and on (say) Wikipedia makes you want to know more. He is young, his career keeps taking fascinating detours, he's in the Flynn nexus and the Pentagon. What is going on with Ezra?
 

craner

Beast of Burden
But enough about Ezra. What's the deal with @version? He turns up two years ago, he already knows everything about all of us, he's the second most prolific poster in the history of the board within about two minutes, he feeds us all sorts of data, subtly altering the reality we live in. Who sent him? What is his purpose? The more you think about this fascinating riddle, this enigma at the heart of the board, the more intriguing and suspicious it becomes.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
But enough about Ezra. What's the deal with @version? He turns up two years ago, he already knows everything about all of us, he's the second most prolific poster in the history of the board within about two minutes, he feeds us all sorts of data, subtly altering the reality we live in. Who sent him? What is his purpose? The more you think about this fascinating riddle, this enigma at the heart of the board, the more intriguing and suspicious it becomes.
I thought he'd always been here.
 
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