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Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:12:00 - [1]
 

To the “editor” of MDW;

I regret to inform you of an unpalatable truth monsieur, and though I appreciate that a man such as yourself likely considers most truths unpalatable, this one I fear may prove more irksome than most.

You have been lied to and hired in false pretences monsieur, for far from controlling the estates of the late lamented Morkt Drak and setting your own “news” agenda independently henceforth, you are merely being used as a convenient tool for the real Morkt to continue his personal campaign of vengeance and punishment of past wrongs from the shadows, shadows no doubt as deep as those that cloak your own features from the examination of the galactic community at large.

Now I don’t pretend to know why monsieur Drak has conceived and enacted this strange stratagem of misdirection and obfuscation, all I do know is that such calculated trickery of knavish modes can scarcely be considered a fitting tool for the revelation of truth, objective or otherwise.

Now surely, you are already composing an acerbic response to my words contending once again your intention to present a biased and subjective account of galactic happenstance as a service to law-abiding decency opposed to the cooperation of Megacorps and illegals in regional alliance …

But this being the case, should you not reveal a little more of your own background as unfulfilled career mailroom attendant turned vengeful political “mole” within the Taggart Transdimensional Corporation?

May I ask why you hoped to make a career as a bright-eyed recruit of Taggart? Of what you thought of Ayn Rand’s philosophy? Of how you came to fail in the organisation, and of how it was you came to believe that the universe owed you so much more than the next man, and that as victim of promotion’s passed you had a sacred destiny to strike out at the hand which once did feed you?

I am interested monsieur, for most lawful citizens you make it your declared intention to support and protect would think it somewhat disingenuous to cover a simple act of theft from the workplace with a threadbare tapestry of aimless political invention.

Most deep cover operatives do not begin their lives as 9-5 drones in the corporate machine.

Most who rebel against the structure of corporate hierarchy simply resign, hand in their notice, leave with references and bright hopes towards achieving their dreams in their own right and own powers in the wild world without.

What monsieur “mole” gave you the ideological right to declare yourself unbound by conventional civility?

Are you special? God-touched perhaps? Or behoven else to glorious destiny? Are you a prophet like Arames to interpret the signs and portents of modern corporate corruption? Or a crusader whose morale stance and certitude is measured by other rules than apply to lumpen proletariat at large.

Or are simply a somewhat bitter man whose role in life, once so bright with optimistic dreaming, is now diminished to the role of mouthpiece for a patron from the shadows, on whose own false-death you have falsely-traded away what little credibility mere good nature might have first awarded.

But since my pretty language will doubtless earn a callow rebuff with no content poised at risk before the gallery of yelping seals, I’ll end on some direct questions in simpler terms…

Since you operate with Morkt’s money and Morkt’s resources and Morkt is by his own admission still alive and well and overflowing with hypocritical excess, what is your job … exactly?

Now, since you admitted that you are peddling a partial and biased agenda, why should anybody believe your version of “the truth” above any other poorly reproduced replica catechism of ill-spirited malice?

And re Morkt … why do you claim he is dead in other threads within this forum when it is clear he is not?

And again re Morkt … why accuse the Space Invaders of his killing when all sources point to his escape and sanctuary in Pure Blind and Venal?

And last for now, why present your publicity poster of the SI menace (which is well done and fine propaganda by the way) as actual independent fact? If such posters are adorning the walls of station docks in Pureblind then clearly you or your underlings are putting them there. Why not admit as much?

Love and peace

Sedsiss
Amarr
Viziam
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:24:00 - [2]
 

Every corp has moles Jade, get over it unfortunately. Secondly, is TTi allergic to the press or something, first ino, now there complaining again? Any claims that the editor needs to show himself are false and silly, I like mystery:D

Discorporation
Amarr
Evolution
Band of Brothers
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:38:00 - [3]
 

There once was soemthing called the 'random complaint letter generator'. It was a deviously crafty device, probably created by Gallente, which could issue a complaint letter several paragraphs long at the click of a single button.

It seems you have gotten your hands on said Generator, Costantine.

Less synonyms, please..

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:38:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Jade Constantine on 18/08/2003 19:40:59

Quote:
Every corp has moles Jade, get over it unfortunately.

Indeed, I am just seeking the confirmation in this case.
Quote:
Secondly, is TTi allergic to the press or something, first ino, now there complaining again?

This "letter" has nothing to do with TTI in an official capacity. It is spurred by my own curiousity and wish to see MDW return to its glory days with Morkt as admitted editor in chief and spokesperson.
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Any claims that the editor needs to show himself are false and silly, I like mystery:D

Personal preference, and there is no legal claim I make, by no means, I merely raise an observation and invite the "editor" to answer questions.

Love and peace

Sedsiss
Amarr
Viziam
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:42:00 - [5]
 

As long as this isn't another "Die pres die" thread, i'll keep my trap closed;)

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2003.08.18 19:46:00 - [6]
 

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As long as this isn't another "Die pres die" thread, i'll keep my trap closed;)

Most certainly not, I love the free press from the bottom of my heart and as a Gallente citizen in good standing I have the greatest respect for freedom of speech and believe that the truth must always be freed from long containment and dusty bondage.

All I would like here is to expose the nitty gritty of the matters I've raised; for my part MDW may print forever and my blessings upon them!

Love and peace

Halseth Durn
Amarr
Oberon Incorporated
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:06:00 - [7]
 

Jade,

Your assesment on this matter does seem to have a logical conclusion. However, I am still willing to give the new MDW the benefit of the doubt (at least 2 weekly issues) before passing judgement.

On an un related subject,
Although I understand and can appreciate your complex and colorful writing, this sentence:
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Now I don’t pretend to know why monsieur Drak has conceived and enacted this strange stratagem of misdirection and obfuscation, all I do know is that such calculated trickery of knavish modes can scarcely be considered a fitting tool for the revelation of truth, objective or otherwise.
is a bit much.

You may be writing just a TAD over the heads of 80% of the readers of this forum.


Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:13:00 - [8]
 

I prefer to assume the best monsieur; after all, the people who attend the galactic summit are the best their races and cultures have to offer.

It takes imagination and creative genius to build and run a successful organisation and 'tis my profound hope that language itself may help to unwind the complexities in political and social interaction herein represented to the benefit of the community of souls so gathered.

This at least is my hope

The Editor
Doomheim
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:17:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: The Editor on 18/08/2003 20:26:28



/em stares at the recording of Jade, jowls ululating gently to rhytmic chuckles

"Actually lass i think you've been lied to - whereas everything you just said confirmed what Morkt has told me about your organisation's information network."

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Now I don’t pretend to know why monsieur Drak has conceived and enacted this strange stratagem of misdirection and obfuscation


"This is clear. Whilst my previous corporation would be enamoured to know of my identity and location, it was not, nor ever will be, Taggart Transdimensional Inc. Indeed you would do better enquiring of RUS, assuming that is, their memory is better than their recent PR.

So, to your questions:

I am the boss, head-honcho, "The Main Man", "The Big Cheese", "Numero Uno", CEO and I own and run MDW how I see fit. Me. "I". "Moi".

Lock, stock and barrel.

We are "biased" so as to help the law abiding citizen: We endeavour to "arm" them with information to make their lives less likely to end up particularised on the end of a neutron blaster.

This is simple stuff sweetheart - the Corporate machine churns over its eve-mail campaign of indoctrination of the new space captain, the bright eyed newbie "Come work with us and we will show you the stars"... whereas we will simple tell them that those making the offer are all but outlaws in the empire, allied with pirates and murderers.... and anything else that is applicable to such a "hypothetical" corporation where true.

We will tell them that the Stain Alliance is the largest and strongest and richest alliance in EVE, but that it's secretive and seems downright nefarious. We will tell tham TTi is NOT the largest NOR the richest Corporation in EVE, we will tell them that Region X this week is the most dangerous and we will tell them of any and all significant combat and piracy that we can reasonably verify.

We will tell them of the gal-political divisions in EVE, of the strategic importance of some routes and systems and the impotence of others, we will tell them of m0o and Sinister and we will tell them of the SPC and Fountain and we will tell them anything that can "arm them" to make their lives more survivable through knowledge of what takes place in EVE.

We wont feed them corporate PR and we won't let them be fooled into believing A is good when we know A is bad.

- -

"Accusing SI of killing Morkt" - thats interesting. I believed it was SI accusing Morkt of killing them? Certainly I know they lost five ships entagled with BBBB "Hot Sauce" and whoever was piloting it under false recognition codes. I merely accused SI of trying to kill Morkt - they did "try", but have never yet suceeded... indeed their failure can no doubt be explained partly by your belief Morkt was ever hiding in either Pure-Blind or Venal.. as i understand things he merely went there for a few hours to "visit a friend".

No doubt the public confusion within BBBB itself and their own outcry at his "death" has clouded the picture, likewise his ex-wife appearing on the books at BBBB; a sure sign he would not be within a million AUs... but such is the minefield of trying to run PR when stuck out in Venal and with so few friends and reliable contacts left inside the Empires. IT can not be easy for your and your allies with so much open distrust and hatred pointed directly at you despite your best efforts at... er.. "obfuscation".

- - - -

As to the poster - the poster itself is "fact" it "exists", what it represents of "the truth" is up to the reader to decide, not you or I.

One certainty is that it wasn't "me" or "us" who put it there... (nor in Mordu's territory) though i believe, as might you deduce eventually, that the person who "probably" did may once have worked for TTi... indeed, as I understand things, he still does.

You see, personally, I can't stand LLD...Wink"


The Editor pants, chest heaving, sweat pouring in thick, almost mucoid rivulets down his face. To pool and then spill over one fat chin to the other, endlessly seeking and eeking, its way to the matted remnants of food and cigar-spit that inhabit his odious shirt.

For some, simply smelling and looking sweet is enough to convince their own image they are true and honest... others too can be made too believe...

"The Ed" punches digits on Gal-net... never still, always hungry for more information.

A happy man, if not a pleasant smelling one.

Tehel Necrona
Minmatar
Black Omega Security
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:18:00 - [10]
 

When someone claims to have a mole ande relays inaccurate information i think its that persons right to request further information.

Think about it, if the The Times posted that they had an insider on the british goverment and that he could prove that the english goverment was sending money to the Iraqi regieme.

How would you expect to see the british goverment react? I think the very first thing they'd check would be the authenticity of the "mole".

Its commonsense really to be intriuged.

-Necro

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:32:00 - [11]
 

Thank you Monsieur le Editor,

I appreciate your apparent honesty; both in the restating of aims and intentions of MDW, and in the clarification of earlier reporting with regard to the “death” of monsieur Morkt. It is good to see an appreciation of the truth behind the understandably biased editorial policy of the new publication.

I have no interest in pursuing a witch-hunt to the detriment of the free press, and no agenda directed at silencing critics to any degree whatsoever.

Indeed, for my own part, I invite whatever questions and comment might exist of my own interests and shall, as ever, answer as honestly as I may.

My specific interest in the “mole” continues though, for the motivation of such actions is often as telling as the actions themselves.

Love and peace.

Princess Akmazara
Posted - 2003.08.18 20:56:00 - [12]
 

My dear Jade,

You must admit the Editor has done nothing wrong. His excellent investigative journalism and exposure of the truth is much needed in these troubled times.

Personally I could care less about who is rich and who is not. My concern is for the poor and helpless. If these wealthy megacorps and alliances help the poor and nurture them into self-reliance I will support them 100%. If not they will soon feel the wrath of The Sisters.

Princess Akmazara
Amarrian Empire

Uncle Enzo
Posted - 2003.08.18 21:08:00 - [13]
 

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My concern is for the poor and helpless. If these wealthy megacorps and alliances help the poor and nurture them into self-reliance I will support them 100%. If not they will soon feel the wrath of The Sisters.

Princess Akmazara
Amarrian Empire


Princess Akmazara,

Perhaps your concern for the poor and helpless, and your aversion to wealthy megacorps, might lead you to inquire how MDW got one billion isk in its coffers, by its very own words: "Morkt's Defence Weekly (for we will not abandon his name) now has its disposal 1 billion ISK, to use as its editors see fit, in the pursuit of and the publication of truth."

Is MDW an enemy of deceitful megacorps, or a front for economic warfare between said megacorps? This should be the first truth that MDW should pursue.

Princess Akmazara
Posted - 2003.08.18 21:14:00 - [14]
 

The truth will benefit the poor and helpless. MDW has more then taken care of the poor and disenfranchised. It will expose the corruption and greed that has taken hold of Caldari space.

The poor must rise up against greed and corruption!

Princess Akmazara
Amarrian Empire

Capn Blood
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2003.08.18 21:26:00 - [15]
 

Yeah lets see the big guys squirm a bit Twisted Evil

When groups of corporations get so greedy as to shut off entire regions of the galaxy ..... hell least they can do is provide the rest of us peons with some entertainment Twisted Evil

Please don't come back with the mutual protection crapola....or phrases like monopoly, racketeering and unprovoked attack will be thrown back Laughing

I wouldn't mind so much if you didn't try sugar coating it. Just step up and say...."We are greedy tyrants and despots....like it or lump it plebs!"

If you ever do manage to tell it like it is, then I guess the rest of us would shrug and grudgingly give credit where it's due. Laughing

Ulstan
Posted - 2003.08.18 22:17:00 - [16]
 

The largest corp is EV I think? Or Mass? One of those guys :)

And who is the richest corp :) It would be nice to know. ;)

The Editor
Doomheim
Posted - 2003.08.18 22:32:00 - [17]
 

Quote:
The largest corp is EV I think? Or Mass? One of those guys :)

And who is the richest corp :) It would be nice to know. ;)


EV "looks" largest and it "probably" is...there are quite a few "dark sheep" though.

"Wealthiest" is a bit more troublesome: what do you include? ISK wealth, BP wealth, mineral wealth, item wealth... some of those we can maybe get an impression of, others not a hope.

It would be of some useage at and following the inception of the Galactic Stock Exchange though... until then, a matter of "interest" rather than significance we would suggest.

Joshua Calvert
Caldari
Rule One
Posted - 2003.08.18 22:57:00 - [18]
 

Editor,

Regarding your claims that SA are secretive and nefarious, does this mean to say you've had great trouble finding a mole within the SA ranks?

It's hard to say which corp. is the largest because it depends on your opinion on whether an alt could b considered a full member or not.

DrPRoberts
Caldari
Posted - 2003.08.18 23:06:00 - [19]
 

I'd say the Collective is richest.. At least they are ridiculously rich considering their relatively small size :P

Derek
Caldari
Intergalactic Combined Technologies
The Chamber of Commerce
Posted - 2003.08.18 23:13:00 - [20]
 

the funny thing is how can you judge the largest corp? or the richest? or the most powerful ? How does a news corp find this out ? there is hundreds of corps out there who people haven't even heard about.

Power you definately can't judge until tested. How exactly this "news" publication intends to do that I have no idea. TTI has had moles in the past and present and most likely into the future. It will not bring us down.

I love how the editor says TTI isn't the richest corp. How do you know? cause unless you can tally the ISKs in every members account there is no telling. We dont pool everything and all our members keep what they have earned.

I'm sure there are peons out there who genuinely enjoy your stories so i wouln't try to get you to stop but how people can view you as telling the "truth" ....well thats kinda ludicrus. And the people who gave you guys 1 billion to print these stories seems to have overpayed.

Joshua Calvert
Caldari
Rule One
Posted - 2003.08.18 23:17:00 - [21]
 

I don't even know how much sik I have nevermind how much isk EV has Twisted Evil

At a guess though, one would assume TTI is the richest.

Ulstan
Posted - 2003.08.19 00:20:00 - [22]
 

One thing - I do know TTI has some subsidary corporations - like Q labs and what not. Part of TTI , but separate corporations in game.

The Editor
Doomheim
Posted - 2003.08.19 01:21:00 - [23]
 

"Indeed!" to all of the above:

Morkt used that horrible title "Nominal Roster" to guage the relative sizes of Corporations. We've decided to stickw ith it as it is actually useful:

Whilst it gives the "on paper" size of corporate memberships it does not include those deceased or MIA, those strange people with multiple clones and so on and so forth:

Thus "Nominal Roster" - implies it is far from accurate but still a guideline to "comapritive" sizes.


- -

The problems are many though for both numbers and "wealth", as Ulstan raises, subsidiary corporations can skew the findings even further.

Not too mention various corporations structure differently, some with mass holding inside th corporate wallet , others with the cash scattered amongst the members, shareholders or Directors.

All we can do is use what may allow others to "draw a comparison":

If the Nominal Roster of Evolution is 280, and the Nominal Roster of Joe-Bloggs Corp is 80...

then it is likely that Evolution is the larger Corporation.



Magazines cannot be run with such disclaimers on every sentence though, and so we must "say" "Evolution is larger than Joe-Bloggs".

The reader must always bear such in mind, for Joe-Bloggs Inc may well be larger if 279 of Evolution go MIA.

Figures cannot tell us everything, but they can allow us to draw a comparison - it is human nature to do so.

In the abscence of any good chance to find a "guarenteed method" we will use an imperfect one as best we can.


Suggestions are, however, most welcome on any and all of the issue of comparing, size, wealth and strengths.

Kashre
Minmatar
Imperium Technologies
Sodalitas XX
Posted - 2003.08.19 04:46:00 - [24]
 

Quote:
To the “editor” of MDW;


But since my pretty language will doubtless earn a callow rebuff with no content poised at risk before the gallery of yelping seals, I’ll end on some direct questions in simpler terms…





Holy stars woman, has no one ever introduced you to the concept of summarization? You could probably have made your point, much more clearly, with a short paragraph or two.

And no matter how big a sea of Amarr drek you try to hide it in, your nearly-piratical TTI rhettoric is still pretty obvious.

Prophet Arames
Viziam
Posted - 2003.08.25 20:01:00 - [25]
 

Edited by: Prophet Arames on 25/08/2003 20:06:19
While Morkt and I disagreed on many topics, I did appreciate his intelligence and thirst for knowledge. I know we have not seen the last of him and look forward to what the future brings.

As for the new MDW proprietor, I too wish you luck and good fortune. While there are plenty of people out there that exist only to cause grief, I still believe that the MDW can become the most influential publication across all of Eve.

In your initial announcement on the MDW site, you stated that you will certainly not be neutral. That may or may not have been a response to a discussion Morkt and I had around MDW's association with the BBBB site, where I correlated a statement of neutrality on BBBB's part to Morkt's stance of near antagonism against TTI. At the time I didn't understand the fact that MDW was separate from BBBB (more easily seen now that you are now your own corporation).

Anyway, I digress. I agree that being "opinionated" is your right and in fact your duty, and I look forward to reading your opinions on the galaxy and its inhabitants. I notice your first release of the reconstructed MDW was supposed to be last Friday. I hope that everything is not too far behind schedule and that we will get to see it soon.

As to the subject of moles, which has been discussed previously on this and on other topics. I agree that moles and corporate espionage are part of the corporate "game". My main problem with moles is that when you receive information from him or her, it is information that has been filtered through the mole's personal animosity towards said corporation.

There were times that Morkt used half-quotes and misrepresentations gained from his mole, without even accepting the possibility that this information might have been skewed by the mole for his or her own reasons. I did not even want to consider the possibility that morkt had access himself to TTI's forums, because if that had been the case then I would have ceased to consider him a seeker of knowledge, seeing how the information from our boards at times had been misrepresented by this mole and presented as the uncut "truth" on his website.

Sir Editor, the only thing that I ask is that if you post information from your mole within TTI and I contact you with a request for rebuttal, not because we are upset that certain information has been leaked, but because we feel that your mole has either lied or provided you only a portion of the story, that you would consider my request. If you think the rebuttal is only "PR", you certainly do not need to use it. But if you think my response to be a "differing opinion" worthy of publication, I would hope your "legacy of honesty" would impel you to use the information as you see fit.

And one other thing that I saw on your website that deserves comment. You stated:

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We will answer our detractors, but we will not answer the "Haters", for they have shown their willingness to answer for themselves in deeds of violence and dishonesty which go beyond the personal and even Corporate, even to transcend EVE itself. You know who you are. But you will not silence us again.
Moles and corporate espionage are acceptable in the world of Eve. Attacks on websites and other real-life resources are certainly not. We have encountered that in the past as well, and I personally wish you luck in discovering and hopefully prosecuting anyone that might have in real-life damaged or attempted to damage your company and/or other personal resources.

Respectfully,

Prophet Arames


 

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