Magna Illuminati Carta Holy Fail Grail

by lizard

Conspiracy culture can be fun. Take, for example, the passionate interest in celebrities like Jay Z. There are clearly signs of illuminati affiliation at the 2013 Grammy Awards, implicating Jay Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna. If that’s where you want to go, there are lots of fun lyrical references and hand signals.

And then there’s this, a photo with a Jay Z look-a-like from 1939, reported on by International Business Times:

From the article:

The black-and-white photograph, titled “Harlem Loiterers,” shows a Jay-Z look-alike wearing a pea coat and newsboy cap and sitting on the front railing of a building while making eye contact with the camera. The New York Public Library’s prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has confirmed the photograph was taken by an American photographer named Sid Grossman in 1939.

The photo first started gaining attention last Thursday after a Reddit user uploaded it onto that site, drawing dozens of comments and Jay-Z-themed puns — “If you havin’ loan problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but shanty towns ain’t one;” “If the dust bowl comes, go and brush your shoulders off” — as well as claims that the photo was clearly evidence of “supernatural” forces at work. Several “plausible” theories are already bouncing around the web.

I hope readers are still with me, because I’m about to shift from conspiracy culture to an actual well thought out plan to snatch info from people. And it involves Jay Z. And people are loving it.

Jay Z’s App and Obama’s Criminal Enterprise, by Alfredo Lopez, is a fascinating article about the unique tech-launch of Jay Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and the tech resistance one man started with with a simple, koan-like tweet:

Naw…I’m cool

Why does that tweet matter? Because we may be approaching critical mass. Here is the beginning of the article:

To gauge the real impact of a historic development like “the Snowden revelations”, it’s sometimes useful to examine how wide it’s being felt. An illustration: Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” Samsung cellphone app. I’ve a feeling some may not know what I’m talking about because, up until this past Friday, neither did I. But my May First/People Link colleague and office buddy Hilary Goldstein (who has often been the source of ideas for my writings here) sent me an email with a link to a story about the controversy and it got me thinking about how our society has succumbed to a massive crime and how this might be a kind of “critical mass”.

The story starts with a Tweet by a respected Hip Hop artist named Michael “Killer Mike” Render. The Atlanta, Georgia resident issued a tweet this week displaying a graphic of the registration screen for the Magna Carta Holy Grail App with the cryptic but powerful message: “Naw…I’m cool.” The app (a term used to describe small applications often used on hand-held devices) lets the user download a new album (called “Magna Carta Holy Grail”) by Hip Hop super-star Jay-Z.

The meaning of the message (a bit more dismissive than “Thanks but no thanks”) is significant because over a half million people had already said “yes” to that App and had downloaded it to their phones. In the process, they gave Samsung their names, specific GPS location, approximate network location and the phone’s precies id and status as well as permission to “modify or delete contents” from their USB storage, stop the phone from sleeping and get full access to their network communications.

In other words, you give them a treasure trove of information about you in exchange for downloading a “pre-release” version of this album.

Why give in to such an intrusion? The most obvious answer is to get an advanced copy of the already critically acclaimed album by one of the greatest musical artists of all time.

The flip side of critical mass is overload tune-out. It’s a mixed bag, this brave depraved new world.

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