Rob van Kranenburg on Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:08:58 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Spook Schools

That is explained by Edgar Allen Poe in 'The Purloined Letter':

 "At length my eyes, in going the circuit of the room, fell upon a
trumpery filigree card-rack of pasteboard, that hung dangling by a dirty
blue ribbon, from a little brass knob just beneath the middle of the
mantelpiece. In this rack, which had three or four compartments, were
five or six visiting cards and a solitary letter. This last was much
soiled and crumpled. It was torn nearly in two, across the middle --as if
a design, in the first instance, to tear it entirely up as worthless, had
been altered, or stayed, in the second. It had a large black seal,
bearing the D-- cipher very conspicuously, and was addressed, in a
diminutive female hand, to D--, the minister, himself. It was thrust
carelessly, and even, as it seemed, contemptuously, into one of the upper
divisions of the rack.

"No sooner had I glanced at this letter, than I concluded it to be that of
which I was in search. To be sure, it was, to all appearance, radically
different from the one of which the Prefect had read us so minute a
description. Here the seal was large and black, with the D-- cipher; there
it was small and red, with the ducal arms of the S-- family. Here, the
address, to the Minister, was diminutive and feminine; there the
superscription, to a certain royal personage, was markedly bold and
decided; the size alone formed a point of correspondence. But, then, the
radicalness of these differences, which was excessive; the dirt; the
soiled and torn condition of the paper, so inconsistent with the true
methodical habits of D--, and so suggestive of a design to delude the
beholder into an idea of the worthlessness of the document; these things,
together with the hyperobtrusive situation of this document, full in the
view of every visitor, and thus exactly in accordance with the conclusions
to which I had previously arrived; these things, I say, were strongly
corroborative of suspicion, in one who came with the intention to

In the days of the network the best way to hide is to be hyperobtrusive,

Greetings, Rob

> They are not exactly hiding this program:
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