aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Via this comment on the assclownery that is the new comment format, this Tumblr post putting things in a whole new light. Money quotes. )
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Encryption code: Malachi-7-12. (There is no seventh chapter of Malachi.)

July 25
[Aberrant] S. Park, a Directive field monitor, sends a file of typical OpNet mentions of the Directive to media relations director J. Yarbrough.

In general, most people think of the Directive as just a multinational intelligence agency of middling competence, to the extent they think of it at all, an impression (or lack thereof) its official OpSite does a lot to foster.

Next up is a chat room sample from "GeoPol, the global political discussion site". Park considers their belligerent, fat-assed back-and-forth typical of what gets said by whom about the Directive in chat rooms: "A lot of people with a little information and no manners stomping around making broad statements they can't back."

The Phipps-Gordon interview is next, with some background from Park that I didn't include in the earlier post: John Gordon's departure from the CIA apparently "had to do with a Directive-led operation that was mishandled from the CIA end", for whose failure Gordon was blamed.

This is followed by a scene from the conspiracy thriller Blood and Blue, in which the Big Bad (or maybe just the Dragon, I dunno) is a Directive nova typical of Directive agents in Hollywood and Bollywood films, the majority of whom are

vile über-patriots willing to kill to keep their secrets. The rest are usually bumbling idiots who have no idea how to survive on the streets and must be shown the way the real world works by a street-smart, hip, urban cop.

Lastly, Park presents an email from John Tweeddale, marketing manager of Dramatic Designs, to Thomas Vietch, one of his action-figure designers (did the sculpts on the The Elites: At War! series), noting the flaws in Vietch's suggested line of Directive figures: the lack of existing marketing, plus "the idea of 10 identically dressed figures with varying accessories is so early 90s."
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Sorry for the delay.

[Aberrant] This month's issue of Science Explorer announces that next month, 10 patients at the Triton Foundation's Atlanta Mediplex will be test subjects for an artificial kidney.

This is probably in Aberrant: Project Utopia, but I'm disinclined to dig for where. Turns out it's in the Technology section of Aberrant: Year One.

One of the first installments of Nathan Black's new N! show Eye on... includes an interview with Dr. Tasmin Harver, newly inducted Utopian and the head examiner at Slider's autopsy, for whom Black and his audience have some questions about Utopia.

Some rather pointed questions, which she tries to dodge or deflect; the excerpt ends just as she's about to have take the first of them, from galfrey07@stuntmail.com.

Devon "Slider Fetish" Works makes a scathing post to the "Rant Back" OpList, addressed to "Dear Losers and Future Losers Alike", in which he pours out a long string of sneers at anyone with any doubts about Utopia's fundamental and immutable benevolence, lumping those who merely have worries about Proteus using the Utopia agenda as cover with those who wear tinfoil hats to protect their thoughts against "the great stamping juggernaut that is Project Utopia."

This is the one that's actually been holding this post up, as I can't look directly at it for too long. This, in turn, is down to a level of blistering contempt for humans in general and one's audience in particular, combined with a smug and clearly over-inflated sense of the writer's own superiority, that leaves me continually amazed when I turn to the credits page of Aberrant: Project Utopia and don't see even a "special thanks" credit for Justin Achilli.

"It's entirely possible that Utopia funds this site privately and I'm being paid under the table for saying all this. Happy spook-hunting, losers." There are only two automatic reasons not to treat this as a sarcastic confession:
1) they don't need to pay him to sing the praises of Utopia, any more than the American Eagle Party needs to pay Bruce Tinsley to push their official flannel in "Mallard Fillmore";
2) if they were paying him, they'd spring for some etiquette lessons once they actually read his output.
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
Containments, breached and failed.

June 2
[Aberrant] At 0345 unspecified local time, Divis Mal emerges from his Chrysalis. His awakening is known only to Synapse, whose monitors alert him to it, and Scripture, whom Doan tells of it.

"That's Michael," is Jeremiah's first reaction when he gets the news. "He always has been an overachiever." Synapse has given the Beacon a datapacket to read with updates on what he's slept through, and asks Scripture if there's any message he wants passing along. Scripture's only answer? "Tell him... tell him I've missed him."

In a closed UN Security Council meeting, Utopia's Internal Affairs department reveals findings indicating a frame-up of the organization. The US and British governments are unconvinced, and Directive surveillance of Utopia's operations is stepped up.

No mention of Japan, but in OTL, they were last on the council for a 2005-6 term anyway. I doubt they were convinced either.
aberrantangels: (the Matrix has you)
Whom do you serve, and whom do you trust?

May 11
[Aberrant] Slider leaves a note for Rourke, a fellow Utopian with microscopic vision, telling him of her discoveries. She also goes to four others: Utopia rep Albert Petalan, somebody from the Calcutta police, an AP reporter, and her liaison with Novelty — all of whom are (she comes to believe) either openly hostile to her telling them about or part of the Proteus cover-up, whether actively or through ignorance.

The money quote is paraphrased here, in paragraphs four through seven (from "Then I took a job" through "things he needs you alive to do"). (She doesn't know for sure about Rourke, but he is either already a Proteus member or recruited shortly thereafter.)

She leaves a handwritten note for Corbin, telling him all this and more:

The bottom line is, we can't go to anyone. Get everyone together and let them know the scale of this thing, but keep it hush-hush. Obviously, if you're not part of Utopia's "solution," you're part of the problem. And Utopia's got almost everyone involved as part of the solution on some level.

The Matrix hadn't been released to cinemas when the Aberrant core-book came out, so they couldn't write Jen making that comparison. The author of the LJ I linked above is under no such disadvantage (he said modestly).
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
< you have forgotten something > </kosh>

early May
[Aberrant] While in Calcutta under NSI contract to Novelty Consulting, allegedly to investigate rumors of Teragen infiltration, Slider begins backtracking one of Novelty's middlemen and discovers that he has "orders to cooperate" with at least three elites, including DeVries' Joseph "Pursuer" Simms (known for a public rivalry with Pax). She follows their contact trails and finds they end up in Utopia offices. She learns the fringes of Project Proteus' activities (the experiments on the patients in Bahrain, the doping of adrenocilin with sterilizing drugs, funding of the very groups Utopia is supposed to stop in Kashmir) and, understandably, becomes convinced that she's discovered an "anti-nova" conspiracy. She goes to André Corbin with her suspicions, but he mostly dismisses them as ranting paranoid shite.

For the record, NSI is Nova Services International, the division of Utopia that handles the subcontracting of Utopian novas to outside firms.

At this point, Jennifer doesn't know the name "Project Proteus". All she knows is that people inside Utopia are not just within six degrees of Utopia's enemies, they're giving those enemies their marching orders. Although the novas who work for Proteus would scoff at the notion that they're working for a conspiracy to exterminate their own kind, I for one can't fault Jennifer for reaching the conclusion she did, and I openly scoff at [livejournal.com profile] cricharddavies for calling her "a deluded woman on the verge of accepting the Null Manifesto as part of her personal philosophy."
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Not yet. I think the dumbass was about to cut the shithead.

September 18
[Aberrant] Devon Works <sliderfetish@unca.edu> replies dismissively to an anonymized poster's all-lowercase claims about the scientific suppression carried out by Utopia's S&T department.

It's a sign of how much the 'net has changed since 1999 that this exchange was supposed to happen in the alt.fan.utopia Usenet group. These days, "2Wikkd@im.not.going.to.let.them.trace.me.com" would be an anonymous poster on a Utopia fanblog, maybe even Dev's own.

In addition to posting without use of the shift key (well, except to generate punctuation [mostly exclamation points] and one piece of all-caps), 2Wikkd is terrifyingly nonspecific "about all the things [project utopia] don't let us see or have", saying only that

brother is a scientist, and he was working on something relly
important that would have made all our live alot easier but
they came in and took all his files and now he drinks alot and
can't get a raise cause he just wasted all his time working on
something that utopia wont let us have! you utopia slaves suck!
by the way this story is TRUE but i'm not going to say who my
brother he works for because they (utopia) might find out and
he'd get fired or arrested or something.

My reaction to a post like that would have been something along the lines of "Well, *I'm* convinced." If I were on his side, I'd have elaborated to the effect of "Well, *that's* a compelling evidentiary trail that would be sure to persuade anyone not already inclined to doubt S&T's enveloping benevolence. Please quit being on our side, dude; you're making our side look stupid."

That's not how our boy Dev rolls, though:

Look, hobgoblin, the UN granted Project Utopia the power of scientific regulation for a reason. Did you hear about the guy who was working on a virtual OpNet interface that would be wired right into the user's pleasure centers?... As far as I'm concerned, Project Utopia (something properly spelled with the "shift" key, loser) has every right to their environmental and scientific regulatory powers. Might as well go to somebody with the staff smart enough to use them wisely.

(Well, now we know another reason for [livejournal.com profile] jachilli's writer credit on the Aberrant core rules, besides the Duke Rollo material.) Again, I'd be tempted to reply asking for a citation, but I'm like that.
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
Oh my.

August 3
[Aberrant] Project Utopia receives a permanent "advisory" seat on the UN Security Council. Many political observers credit the unprecedented move as stemming from Project Utopia's agreement to pay off the UN debt, totalling US$1.6 billion.

I suspect Jordan McDevitt and his listeners had a field day with this.
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep

— Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"

[Aberrant] Vasili Klymenko of the Directive sends an encrypted private letter to his old friend Alexis Vadivich, talking about his organization's objectives and inviting Vadivich to become part of them. "If [Æon] are only high-minded fools, shattering their plans will be easy....If there is more going on, then our work is even more necessary."

Again, I can't seem to find the original of this in the place I was looking (my copy of Aberrant: The Directive). But here's what I did find. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Yeah yeah, another recap.

[Aberrant] On talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show, the topic is "Project Utopia: threat or menace?" McDevitt's answer is yes. He cites Utopia's private status, its backing by Æon (which answers to no-one) and the UN (which answers more and more to Æon), and its high approval rating: "the only other things with a 95% worldwide approval rating are fattening foods and caffeine and neither of them are any good for you, either."

As I said last year, the last clause is far less relevant than the good points he makes about Æon. As I also said, it's a damn shame only professional paranoids are making those points at this time in TU history.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Recap that perhaps shouldn't be necessary. (Edited 3:47 PM to close the Bold tags, something which definitely shouldn't have been necessary. *^^* )

[Aberrant] A letter to the editor of the New York Times warns that the Rashoud facilities are actually UN/Æon recruiting facilities. "Can't you see it? They're building an army.... And God help us, we're letting them do it.... If anyone should be recruiting American novas, it should be the American government."

I mentioned that letter already, as one of the people who are fine with anything that maintains America's status as Top Nation and in mortal fear of anything someone else does that threatens that status, even if the acts are basically identical. That observation still stands, and if [livejournal.com profile] bellatrys is reading and understanding these things, I'd be surprised to find she didn't agree with them. (Then again, this isn't one of her fandoms, so I might be more surprised if she were following it.)

[Aberrant] The UN announces the formation of the Global Media Council to study the effects of the OpNet.

Former FCC chairman Mark Rosenthal (whose OTL namesake is a former head of MTV Networks) later said it was a "damn headache" trying to impose any central control, let alone censorship, on the OpNet. "Sure, there are parent locks, and most of the really bad stuff is on expensive pay services, but still, there's always going to be someone out there trying to corrupt the youth of America [sic], and if they're broadcasting out of some tree in Botswana, what the hell could we do about it?"
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
And once again, I almost run out of month.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Michael Donighal has called, asking if Whit has had any better luck finding Max Mercer (whom neither of them has seen since the Hammersmith Incident). Whit resolves to catch the next boat to London: "Mrs. Austin will be disappointed, but her jewels can wait."

I've already spoiled the ending of this movie.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Max Mercer has returned from Macao, conveniently at a time when the other six Æon founders were in Chicago, and almost the first words out of his mouth were "We're not the police, but we've got to do something with the people we stop." Jake Stefokowski wondered why these Inspired malefactors can't just be turned over to the police; Whit pointed out that most jurisdictions don't actually have laws against building "death rays". Professor Dixon suggested setting up a psychiatric facility; Jack Tallon offered some of his secluded African/Arabian holdings to the purpose. In the end, Mercer agreed to the project: "it's not enough to understand the wonders of our world; we must understand the people who experience them." Max has also suggested that the Æon core membership spend Christmas together.

It may be that this decision led directly to Bahrain. At the very least, it provided precedent.

[Aberrant] The DeVries Agency announces the formation of a new arm, DeVries National Tactical Solutions. While the Agency does not apologize for its role in the Equatorial Wars, it transfers the management of its combat Elites™ to DVNTS.

I'm afraid I don't have much to add to that.

[Aberrant] In the wake of Utopia's being granted oversight of Kashmir, Covert Action News reports on "Utopia's Real Agenda Revisited". The monitoring facilities in Kashmir would allow Utopia to watch India and China — the two largest armies, and largest official nova military forces, on the planet — and the southern parts of the RusCon. The article's author even speculates that Utopia may have manipulated China into taking an interest in Kashmir (which they never had before).

The original article on "Utopia's Real Agenda" appeared in April, but I don't seem to have written an entry about it at the time. *^^* It was to do with the negotiations that led to the London Peace Accord.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
What you don't know would surprise you.

[Aberrant] Bill Masters, of the CIA's directorate of science and technology, sends a memo to the DCI, disputing the popular belief in the relation of the Galatea incident to nova eruption.

He points out that whatever force is responsible for novas, it can't be radiation, which doesn't work that way outside comic books. (What he doesn't know is that telluric energy works very much that way, of course.) He speculates that it was some hitherto unknown type of bioweapon (similar to the wild card virus, perhaps?).
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
And so we return and begin again.

[Aberrant] Talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show invites listeners to weigh in on the topic of "legal restrictions for novas, good idea or bad precedent?" Dan from Philadelphia is glad T2M did an end-run around the law to cripple the New York Mafia; Richard in New Jersey is equally happy about that, but less sanguine about what happens when (not if, but when) T2M decides to enforce much tighter codes of behavior, on ordinary citizens.

I keep forgetting it's not all a chair of bowlies at this point in the TU.

[Aberrant] Henri Mazarin and Farah Rashoud receive the Nobel Prize in biology for their pioneering research into nova physiology and the discovery of the M-R node.

And, here in the real world, I decided to start doing these posts in something like the "This day in Trinity Universe history" format. I was seriously considering whether to continue the $display_past_event function once I get all caught up (end of January, I'm still pretty sure); now I figure, between the Memories section and [livejournal.com profile] wolfspoor's "On a day like today" zone (thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] etherlad), that portion's covered.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep

— Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"

[Aberrant] Talk radio's Jordan McDevitt insists to "Larry from Louisville" that the Equatorial Wars are a setup. "All those countries, like Nigeria and Sierra Leone and all, where'd they get the money to hire all those elites?...I think the answer's pretty simple — the good ol' U-S-of-A....They wanted to find out how T2M stood up in an out-and-out battle."

Larry scoffs at this theory, and Jordan offers a counterproposal: "maybe the media secretly bankrolled the whole thing. Who's making the most money off of this whole situation?" (Aberrant: Project Utopia has him specifically mentioning N!, but given that the Nova Network didn't become a separate entity for another year and a half, this must be another failure of White Wolf's continuity department.)
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Continued from yesterday, without comment. It speaks for itself pretty well, I'd say.

[Aberrant] A New York Times editorial, "Overreaching Pride", denounces the UN's decision to give Project Utopia authority of scientific regulation: "First, by what authority does the UN purport to establish blanket regulations over anything — and, even worse, to hand over control of that regulatory process to a private agency run by a charitable foundation?" In the second place, the editorialist points out, Utopia owns or runs many businesses developing the sort of nova-derived technologies that fall under S&T's new purview. "By getting an early eye at what its competition intends to do, it can short-circuit that competition."
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
What can I say? Not a lot happening in my real life. (Well, barring a dental appointment at the top of the hour.)

[Adventure!] Prominent financier J. Ainge Lawoys, or at least his body, is found dead in London's Bushy Park in the wake of disarrayed funds at Lawoys Security.

I say "at least his body" because the news item (from The Times, the real Times, the Times of London) is included in the Adventure! rulebook's section discussing an outfit called "the Order of Murder".

Cutting out. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
It's actually his chronologically earliest appearance, so I think it deserves an extra-special mention.

[Aberrant] Talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show takes as its topic novas. Mike from Poughkeepsie says that the UN created the novas as an army of global conquest. Kevin from Decatur reports having read that Æon's "Philippa Deville" [sic] is literally in bed with someone important at the UN.

Remember, kiddies, if you don't see the fnord, it can't eat you.
aberrantangels: (Nova)
Another day, another datum. It doesn't really advance the metaplot, but it relates to something that advanced it a lot.

What are they hiding? )


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