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2007.04.19

[Dear_Neil]

Neil--

Gabriel Miller here. We heard about the meeting getting busted up last night. Thank you for quickly updating everyone with footage of the event; we can only assume by this that you made it out okay. Things may have gone south, but at least OSR will live to fight another day.

Some of the things you mentioned last night in the video... well let's just say some of them we knew, some of them we didn't. Most of us have seen the scrambled websites that have been appearing lately, which seem to have been sent to us from the future -- 2022, to be exact -- but honestly, I think many of us thought we were alone. A bunch of crackpot kids and dreamers pretending that this was all "a game", something innocent and harmless.

Well shit ain't like that. The fact that other people, people like you, are out there seeing the same things we're seeing -- well it makes this all the more real. The fact that these transmissions contain audio -- music -- that when received hadn't even been recorded yet; well that's some serious fucking business, now isn't it?

What was it you said last night? "Wake up and give a shit." Damn straight. What else did you say? "What the hell were you thinking? I just want to start by saying, you’re all dead! You were seen gathering around a piece of protest art. A shady guy in a van gave you resistance themed material, and you took it, in public, without knowledge of who they were. What if they were if FBI, NSA?"

Damn straight to this as well, Neil; but this goes for you too. A lot of us were congregating at that billboard for a long time, and the next time, they'll do the same unless you tell them different. And it's not like the OSR site is any secret now. With the Early Bird button entry system OSR used to hand out those cell phones for the meeting, it wouldn't have been too hard for any of the agencies you mentioned to infiltrate the gathering; shit man, maybe that's exactly what did happen. Or maybe you just wanted to scare everybody and the shutdown was staged; I dunno.

Either way, you're telling us we need to work harder and smarter, about keeping our shit secret; our voices alive long enough to make a difference -- and you're fucking A right. But so do you. We've seen what the future holds, how much we need to change -- but we also know you make a difference in that future. You're too important to lose.

Be safe,

Gabriel Miller

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Yeah, I would also recommend to Neil that MTV not be told about secret resistance meetups...like those fuckers aren't Bureau of Morality in disguise...

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 12:16:06 PM

ANYWAY Gabriel...since you're all "Resistance" now, should I cancel our gig at the Zanesville, OH Hummer dealership company picnic?

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 12:25:27 PM

Your sarcasm is quite cute, Maise, but there are more important things here than me playing gigs of acoustic NIN covers.

Are you even paying attention to what's happening around here?

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 12:58:38 PM

Yeah, you're becoming *insufferable* is what. I can't believe you fucking "tagged" me in my sleep. That shit better wash out.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 1:00:44 PM

Keep joking. I'll laugh when you're in Guantanamo wondering where your fucking civil liberties went.

"And I thought this was America, wahwahwah..." Guess you were too busy being a smartass to realize everything you took for granted was being taken away right under your nose.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:08:47 PM

Oh, look who's elected himself Preacher to the Choir!

I've had "impeaching the entire Bush administration" as one of my interests in my profile since Day Fucking One.

Eat that, Che Gabriel.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 1:12:20 PM

You want a doggie biscuit for that one? "Hey, I've ALWAYS hated the adminstration, maaaaaaaaaan?"

What have you fucking done about it?

What have any of us done?

That is the point here. Passive guilt is pointless.

WAKE UP AND GIVE A SHIT.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:14:39 PM

where
oh whe
re is
dierd
re???

What have you
done with her?

Or did she not
make it out
of the sup
er top secr
et meeting
alive?

*gasp*

Posted by: flyrabbit | Apr 19, 2007 1:14:53 PM

Dierdre moved out of the country. She knew we were fucked a lot sooner than the rest of us.

But I'm not ready to give up without a fight, goddammit.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:16:46 PM

I'm not going to turn WTC into my list of good deeds, of which there are MANY.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 1:20:16 PM

D is for Dierdre who died of ennui.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 1:21:10 PM

Uh huh.

I'm reminded of many of the "liberals" that live out here in Los Angeles -- rich motherfuckers with all the privilege in the world, who throw money that they can afford to charities and the like to drive off the guilt they feel for their entitlement.

Like giving some money to stop global warming because Al Gore said so makes a fucking difference when you live in a mansion that costs more to run for a month than some small countries. Or buying a Prius because you want to "make a statement", and parking it next to your two SUVs and your Beemer.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:24:23 PM

Aw, Gabriel, you're so cute when you care.

Posted by: flyrabbit | Apr 19, 2007 1:27:17 PM

Is that screed supposed to apply to me? God, you're OBNOXIOUS. I mean, your heart is in the right place, but give it a rest.

Or I'll beat you over the head with the sign that I carried when I went to a REAL antiwar protest. Dickhead.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 1:27:21 PM

Oh, cool Maise, was that the one that EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY WENT TO?

How many have you been to since? The war is still going on, last I checked.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:40:17 PM

But I forgot; I was supposed to think it was REAL COOL AND HIP of you that you went to one in the first place, right? Dude, you definitely get to eat lunch on the quad today!

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 1:43:37 PM

No, I haven't been marching every day since the war began. But my point is, just because YOU'VE been in a political coma your whole life doesn't mean EVERYONE has.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 2:11:41 PM

No, I think the point is that going on one march and never doing it again IS being in a political coma.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 2:47:43 PM

Well, okay, then I'm in a political coma.

But you are experiencing political flatulence.

Although thank God you're on the right side, at least.

Posted by: maise | Apr 19, 2007 3:50:04 PM

You know what, Maise? You have to be the only fucking person I've ever spoken with whose response to "We don't do enough -- we have to try harder to make a difference in this world" is to insult the person who wants to change things for the better.

You sound like a fucking Republican. Stop taking offense at the truth, and let's all band together to change things. Translation? Stop being a pain in my ass.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 4:23:00 PM

I think I've just taken a sip of Haterade, but I'm going to rant anyway.

In the midst of all this "wake up and give a shit," to piggyback off some of Maise's comments, what of those who don't NEED to be told? I'm a journalism student; I watch the news every day (I loves me some Keith Olbermann). I don't NEED someone to tell me through all the bells and whistles of an ARG that things are shit. I feel as though my intelligence is being insulted when the umpteen millionth talking head with a microphone tells me "voting is important, you should do it, VOTE OR YOU'LL GET EBOLA," and "war is bad, you shouldn't wage war, mmmkay."

That said, you bastards got "Last" and "We're In This Together." So very jealous.

Posted by: emerald527 | Apr 19, 2007 5:14:36 PM

I've never seen a bunch of more defensive haters in my life.

Nobody is insulting anybody's intelligence. What is happening, is that Neil has a fucking point -- and it's that we all are guilty of living in a well-informed -- some could say over-informed, what with today's media saturation -- culture, while we under-participate. If we participate at all.

Is P-Diddy telling me voting is important obvious and obnoxious? Of course it is. Because we all KNOW that it's important. But a lot of us don't give a shit. Why is that? And how do we fix that?

These are the things we need to learn how to change. "Art is Resistance" isn't your thing? You want to go into journalism? Perfect; there is your platform. Go after it, and go after it hard.

But the only people that need to get angry about passivity being called out are the passive.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 5:28:14 PM

Oh, and Em? That's great you watch the news every day, but what do you really DO about it?

Just because I watch South Park every day doesn't make me a comedy writer.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 19, 2007 5:32:53 PM

Gotcha. Journalism is Reporting. Somebody get me a fuckin' flag.

Posted by: emerald527 | Apr 19, 2007 5:36:55 PM

All of this shit is so heavy handed that it's a turn off.

All I'm looking for out of Nine Inch Nails is great music. I can take of the "getting me thinking" stuff myself, but perhaps a lot of other NIN fans can't, and that's why it's being embraced so enthusiastically.

Posted by: JR | Apr 19, 2007 5:40:45 PM

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