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ZombieStop Parade

Richard Buzzell






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Copyright 2010 Richard Buzzell



Jan. 1

My only New Year’s resolution this year is to keep a written record of the events that started last month. I know that in the past I’ve tried to keep a diary but never stuck to it. This time will be different, at least for as long as I have some interesting stuff to put in it.

Admittedly, the interesting stuff hasn’t involved me. I’ve just been a spectator. The main actor is someone I don’t even know. Like every wannabe subversive, he calls himself the Jackal. His real identity is unknown. He hacks into computer records at financial institutions. What makes him big news are the big fish he’s trying to skewer. He’s going after one in particular right now, but he’s threatening to go after more. What he’s done is reveal financial records that indicate that someone is shipping cash off to illegal offshore tax shelters. The someone shipping that cash is a former CEO at Seedy Bank, as Corky refers to it. This has garnered quite a bit of media attention. Some of that attention has focused on Corky’s website. The Jackal released this information in two ways. He sent it to a muckraker at the Times, but he also posted it on some websites including the online forum on ZombieStop. When the journalist reported that more information could be found at Zombiestop, there was an online stampede to check out the action on ZombieForum. Overnight ZombieStop became a heavily trafficked site. This should’ve thrust Corky into the spotlight but instead it’s been on me. For reasons not explained, Corky is being deliberately elusive. I know that he’s wary of the media but I’m not sure why it’s okay for me to deal with them instead. Now the media has the impression that I’m the person responsible for ZombieStop. It doesn’t help that I’m referred to as ZombieStopperUno. Even though I’ve tried to make it clear that I’m just the media relations person, the fact is, I’m becoming the face of ZombieStop. I’m not comfortable with this arrangement. Corky’s the one who should be talking about ZombieStop, because it’s his creation. I can talk about it because I’ve been there since it started, but I’ve just been going along for the ride.

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