Re: Bashers are out......... Means we're hurting them........
I knew it would only take time for the Cone of Silence to crack. Picking nits over the fact that I first wrote the sentence, "In mid-2004 the SEC (itself a kind of joint venture of the US federal
government and the most crooked of Wall Street's elite) adopted
Regulation SHO." Then, while "Google had barely registered" it, changing it to read, ""In mid-2004 the SEC (itself a kind of joint venture of the US federal
government and Wall Street) adopted
Regulation SHO." Here's the secret, Ms. Webb: I read it and decided that it was more euphonious this way, and punchier. What do you think, that I edited it from fear of losing friends on Wall Street? (lol) And "Roddy Boyd Sucks It Like He's Paying the Rent"? My title. Then the next morning I thought, Maybe that's a bit graphic for a PG-rated site. So I changed it. Then a month or so ago I scrolled by, saw it, and decided to reallow myself the image because.... the writing is so damn good. It really is. What more can I say?
What is most interesting about Ms. Webb's essay is that it marks the beginning of a new stage. The Cone of Silence is cracking, so they have to go on the offensive. The decision was predictable: once we began DeepCapture, they went from picking nits about how quickly I answered the phone and email (wasn't that one of Herb's beefs? Can anyone find that story for me please?) to not being able to say anything at all. If they wrote about me they'd have to write about DeepCapture, and the last thing they wanted to do was draw attention to that.
So they sat and suffered in silence as we exposed Roddy and Carol and Joe, and published Bethany's emails to her hedge fund patrons, and posted my correspondence with Joe, and made public their dopey recordings. (they should not that I was a gentleman, and did not make public all the recordings.) Out of fear of writing about DeepCapture they went from criticizing me over minutia to biting their tongues while getting exposed publicly. I know over 100 letters got written to Fortune, with still no response.
(Incidentally, we have, in fact, been moving servers. Yesterday, the move [which has been tried several times over the last few weeks] stuck, I think. However, in the process hundreds and maybe thousands of comments from the past have been jettisoned. We are hoping to recover them from the old servers someday. In fact, a whole new design should be brought live in a couple weeks. In any case, that is why you will notice that old stories, ones that had 100+ comments on them, now look like they have just one or two. When the move is stable and the redesign is complete we'll see what we can do about recovering those comments. I am sure the loss of comments will provide Ms. Webb more nits to pick.)
Anyway, now their strategy is crumbling for them. DeepCapture is getting attention. Every day one new blog after another takes up talking about us. Daily Kos wrote about DeepCapture and it stayed on their front page. Everyone in MSM (mainstream media) is reading it (well, every organization, that is). Jon Stewart did not mention us in his now-famous attack on CNBC, but anyone trying to catch up on that story would quickly cross
DeepCapture's trail. So the Cone of Silence has served the only purpose it is going to serve.
It was OK with me while it worked, and OK with me that it no longer does. I have always wondered, Do they ever ask themselves why I have not used the Overstock bandwidth to broadcast the story further? They did see, I assume, the occasional little blurbs I put into marketing emails. They must have known I could have done far more. Did they ever ask themselves why I didn't, do you think? Or are they just as dopey as they sound, and cannot think that far ahead?
Reinhold Messner climbed around the Himalayan Mountains without oxygen. He called his style "climbing by fair means." It was just more fun that way.
I keep waiting for them to make an interesting move. I don't think they will. I'm pretty sure that as thinkers these guys are far more pedestrian than anyone imagines. My rare face-to-face moments with them have given me that sense. I'm pretty confident that the kill chain will play out until they have just two options left. But then, Which do they choose? That is a call I cannot make.
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PS I'll give the Miscreants a hint, just to keep it interesting. You understand that we are inside your OODA-loop by now, right? You know that I don't know everything about you, but you know that I know some things about you. Based on what you know I know, what is my next move? There is a hint buried deeply in the past, in an interview where I mentioned a competitor. If you had picked up on it, you would not keep making a mistake that you are making. (Of course, this could just be a test of a different sort....)