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Podcast Episode 73: Hunting Gold Bugs


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image and quote source: File:The Gold-Bug.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Podcast Episode 73: Hunting Gold Bugs

Podcast Episode 73.5: Hunting Gold Bugs Part Two

"The Gold-Bug"

"...It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing..."

""The Gold-Bug" includes a cipher that uses a simple substitution cipher. Though he did not invent "secret writing" or cryptography (he was probably inspired by an interest in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe), Poe certainly popularized it during his time. To most people in the 19th century, cryptography was mysterious and those able to break the codes were considered gifted with nearly supernatural ability. Poe had drawn attention to it as a novelty over four months in the Philadelphia publication Alexander's Weekly Messenger in 1840. He had asked readers to submit their own substitution ciphers, boasting he could solve all of them with little effort. The challenge brought about, as Poe wrote, "a very lively interest among the numerous readers of the journal. Letters poured in upon the editor from all parts of the country." In July 1841, Poe published "A Few Words on Secret Writing" and, realizing the interest in the topic, wrote "The Gold-Bug" as one of the few pieces of literature to incorporate ciphers as part of the story. Poe's character Legrand's explanation of his ability to solve the cipher is very like Poe's explanation in "A Few Words on Secret Writing"."

source: The Gold-Bug - Wikipedia  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cipher


Can you decipher this particular example of a "gold bug" mystery?


1,2,3 "easy as" A,B,C...

source: Secret decoder ring - Wikipedia

Superstition Case Study: Numerology

"Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts."

source: Numerology - Wikipedia

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image source: File:Thomasbbryan1.PNG - Wikimedia Commons

"...bitten by a gold-colored bug..."

"The Gold-Bug is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843. The plot follows William Legrand who was bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears that Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand's friend, an unnamed narrator, who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure. The story, set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, is often compared with Poe's "tales of ratiocination" as an early form of detective fiction. Poe became aware of the public's interest in secret writing in 1840 and asked readers to challenge his skills as a code-breaker. He took advantage of the popularity of cryptography as he was writing "The Gold-Bug", and the success of the story centers on one such cryptogram. Modern critics have judged the characterization of Legrand's servant Jupiter as racist, especially because of his comical dialect speech. Poe submitted "The Gold-Bug" as an entry to a writing contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. His story won the grand prize and was published in three installments, beginning in June 1843. The prize also included $100, probably the largest single sum that Poe received for any of his works. "The Gold-Bug" was an instant success and was the most popular and most widely read of Poe's works during his lifetime. It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing."

source: The Gold-Bug - Wikipedia  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cipher

The Cartoon "secret" Decoder Ring:

"Ovaltine and other companies that marketed early decoders to children often included "secret messages" on their radio shows aimed at children. These could be decoded for a preview of the next episode of the show."

"A secret decoder ring (or secret decoder) is a device which allows one to decode a simple substitution cipher - or to encrypt a message by working in the opposite direction. As inexpensive toys, they have been often used as promotional items by retailers, radio and television programs from the 1930s through to the current day. Decoders, whether badges or rings, are a fun way for children to tap into a common fascination with encryption, ciphers, and secret codes, and are used to send hidden messages back and forth to one another."

"The most well-known example started in 1934 with the Ovaltine company's sponsored radio program Little Orphan Annie. The fan club's member's handbook included a simple substitution cipher with a resulting numeric cipher text. This was followed the next year with a membership badge or pin that included a cipher disk - enciphering the letters A-Z to numbers 1-26. Similar badges and pocket decoders continued with the Captain Midnight radio and television programs."

source: Secret decoder ring - Wikipedia

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image source: File:Zod-Vallejo.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

superstitious - Online Etymology Dictionary

"The astrologer R. H. Naylor was claimed by his newspaper to have predicted the crash of the R101 airship. This led to pressure on Naylor to come up with a simplified system of astrology suitable for a newspaper column. After some experimentation, Naylor decided on sun signs."

source: Sun sign astrology - Wikipedia

R.H.Naylor - Wikipedia  •  R101 - Airship – Wikipedia


"The Zodiac Killer or Zodiac was a serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The killer's identity remains unknown. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. The killer originated the name "Zodiac" in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay Area press. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers). Of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved."

source:  Zodiac Killer - Wikipedia

Superstition - Wikipedia


Melvin Bellicose Belli

"In 1969 a man called San Francisco police, identifying himself as the serial killer known as The Zodiac, and agreed to call talk show host Jim Dunbar on Dunbar's morning television talk show, A.M. San Francisco if either Belli or attorney F. Lee Bailey were present on air. The police contacted Belli and Dunbar to arrange this in the hopes of capturing the individual. As promised, the suspect called, spoke a few words, and then hung up, repeating this activity 54 times over the next two hours. Belli received a letter from the Zodiac that same year."

"He was also the attorney for Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Belli





Melvin Mouron Belli: A Psychological Operation Actor's Resume

"Melvin Mouron Belli (July 29, 1907 – July 9, 1996)  was a prominent American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by insurance companies as "Melvin Bellicose." He had many celebrity clients, including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Errol Flynn, Chuck Berry, Muhammad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker, Martha Mitchell, Maureen Connolly, Lana Turner, Tony Curtis, and Mae West. He won over $600 million in judgments during his legal career."

"He was also the attorney for Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy."

"In his book Ready for the Plaintiff, Belli noted examples of negligence cited by himself and other personal-injury lawyers to win in court—for example, a colleague in Florida, who showed how a builder violated a building code in Miami Beach concerning the use of wooden shims in construction of outside walls (forbidden by the municipal code because of the effect of the ocean salt and air). The facing was a slab of Vitreous marble, whose adhesion was eventually weakened by the climate; it fell off the side of the building and injured a passerby, who sued the builder."

"After winning a court case, Belli would raise a Jolly Roger flag over his Montgomery Street office building in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco (which Belli claimed had been a Gold Rush-era brothel) and fire a cannon, mounted on his office roof, to announce the victory and the impending party."

"In his best-known case, Belli represented Jack Ruby, for free, after Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Belli attempted to prove that Ruby was legally insane and had a history of mental illness in his family. On Saturday, March 14, 1964, Ruby was convicted of "murder with malice", and received a death sentence. Immediately thereafter, Ruby and his siblings fired Belli as they also hired and fired several other lawyers during the case. In late 1966, Ruby's conviction was overturned with help from other defense lawyers on the grounds that he did not receive a fair trial and a retrial was scheduled outside of Dallas, but Ruby died of cancer before the retrial could take place. Belli became very critical of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover."

"In 1969 a man called San Francisco police, identifying himself as the serial killer known as The Zodiac, and agreed to call talk show host Jim Dunbar on Dunbar's morning television talk show, A.M. San Francisco if either Belli or attorney F. Lee Bailey were present on air. The police contacted Belli and Dunbar to arrange this in the hopes of capturing the individual. As promised, the suspect called, spoke a few words, and then hung up, repeating this activity 54 times over the next two hours. Belli received a letter from the Zodiac that same year."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Belli

see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_and_David_Maysles  •  Martha Mitchell - Wikipedia

Nanook of the North - Wikipedia



The Gold-Bug - Wikipedia 

Psychological operation actor link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Belli

Zodiac Killer - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cipher  •  Numerology - Wikipedia   •   Black propaganda - Wikipedia   •  Psychological Operations (United States) - Wikipedia

Yellow journalism - Wikipedia

DARPA - Wikipedia   •   Darpa Explores the Science of Storytelling | WIRED   •   Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior | CultureReady

"The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force originally numbered six men and was founded in 1749 by magistrate Henry Fielding, who was also well known as an author. Bow Street runners was the public's nickname for the officers, "although the officers never referred to themselves as runners, considering the term to be derogatory". The Bow Street group was disbanded in 1839."

"Henry Fielding (22 April 1707 – 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich, earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the picaresque novel Tom Jones. Additionally, he holds a significant place in the history of law enforcement, having used his authority as a magistrate to found (with his half-brother John) what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. His younger sister, Sarah, also became a successful writer."

source: Bow Street Runners - Wikipedia  •  Henry Fielding

police forces in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptography  •  History of cryptography - Wikipedia  •  History of Computer Cryptography and Secrecy Systems  •  Encryption - Wikipedia

Ratiocination | Definition of Ratiocination by Merriam-Webster

Reason - Wikipedia




"The Delicious Schadenfreude In Seeing A Powerful Abuser Finally Held Accountable"

By Emma Gray

source; https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joy-watching-harvey-weinstein-perp-walk_us_5b0823c3e4b0fdb2aa531c7c

The news media is clearly defining Weinstein as guilty in a clearly prejudicial manner.

"On October 12, McGowan alleged that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, and that Amazon Studios dropped her project after she complained. On the same day, McGowan said that Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours after she repeatedly tweeted about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, including toward her. Twitter explained that McGowan's account had violated its privacy policy because one of her tweets included a private phone number. The New York Times reported, "Many Twitter users expressed outrage over Ms. McGowan's account being locked." After the tweet was removed, her account was unlocked several hours before the 12-hour ban was set to expire. Through his lawyer, David Boies, Weinstein at one point hired the private intelligence agency Black Cube to spy on McGowan and to stop outlets such as The New York Times and The New Yorker from reporting their investigations on Harvey Weinstein. Boies' law firm, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, had provided The Times with legal counsel over the course of the previous decade, including on one libel case. Upon learning that the firm was working to hinder its reporting on Weinstein while simultaneously representing them in other matters, The Times published a stern rebuke of the firm, calling their actions "intolerable conduct, a grave betrayal of trust, and a breach of the basic professional standards that all lawyers are required to observe."

"On January 30, 2018, McGowan released a memoir, Brave, in which she details her account of the alleged assault and its aftermath."

"On January 31, 2018, Citizen Rose, a five-part documentary series produced by Bunim/Murray Productions following McGowan and her role in the Me Too movement premiered. On February 7, 2018 Jill Messick, McGowan's manager at the time of the alleged rape in 1997, committed suicide. McGowan had accused Messick of being complicit in the sexual assault and cover-up, causing negative media attention towards Messick, including cyberbullying. Messick's family blamed Weinstein, the media, the public, and McGowan for her death."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_McGowan#Harvey_Weinstein_rape_and_sexual_harassment_allegations

see also: Bunim/Murray Productions  •  David Boies  •  Black Cube  •  Boies, Schiller & Flexner


Witnesses and victims of real crimes would logically avoid the news media spotlight.

"Encourage the witness to avoid contact with the media or exposure to media accounts concerning the incident. Instruct the witness to avoid discussing details of the incident with other potential witnesses."

source: New York State Police – Eyewitness Evidence A Guide for Law Enforcement-Research Report

"As a victim of crime, you also have to be careful about what you say publicly."

"With every type of crime, reporters have to be careful about what they report on, in case they say things that could affect the result of a trial in court. As a victim of crime, you also have to be careful about what you say publicly. For example, you might say something that a court decides would make it impossible for the accused to get a fair trial, which could lead to the case being dropped."

source: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/coping-crime/dealing-media


"The New York Police Department confirms to 60 Minutes that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into Mario Batali."

"When chef Mario Batali stepped away from his business empire this past winter, after nine women made accusations against him, it may have surprised his fans, but it did not come as a shock to many of the people who'd worked for him, or served him at The Spotted Pig, a New York City restaurant he'd invested in and frequently visited. The Spotted Pig is owned by a friend of Batali's named Ken Friedman and its chef April Bloomfield. Over the last six months we've talked to dozens of people who worked there, or in Mario Batali's restaurants. And tonight some of them are speaking out -- we want to warn you, in sometimes graphic detail -- about what they experienced or witnessed in a work environment where they say putting up with incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault were required if you wanted to keep your job."

source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mario-batali-and-the-spotted-pig-nyc/

see also: Finding the courage to come forward

Let's (kind of) make believe this didn't all happen before:

Before Anita Hill: History of Sexual Harassment in the U.S. | Time  •  Anita Hill Was Revolutionary in the Fight Against Sexual Harassment ...

Sexual Harassment Training: The History of Sexual Harassment

Walter Cronkite - Wikipedia


"Now You Can Train to Be an Astronaut on Your Smartphone"

source link: https://youtu.be/8mlW9XVnLhE

"Utilizing NASA expertise...  Space Nation Navigator opens a new chapter in space exploration, giving you the chance to train like an astronaut with just your phone."

"We’ve signed a collaboration agreement with NASA. Meaning we’re able to bring the universe of knowledge contained in real life astronaut training straight to your smartphone. ... Space Nation Navigator opens a new chapter in space exploration, giving you the chance to train like an astronaut with just your phone."

source: Space Nation Navigator - the astronaut training app