Crack the Wall Street Cover-Up Contest!
You, the Community, decide who wins
1st place = $30,000
2nd place = $20,000
3rd place = $10,000
4th place = $6,000
5th place = $4,000
6th – 10th place = $1,000 each
Total = $75,000
From “The Story of DeepCapture” (see button in upper right-hand corner of site) you understand the crime and cover-up. Now you can win up to $30,000 for thinking of a clever way to crack the cover-up. Here’s how:
1) Crack the Wall Street cover-up: do something to help the public discover DeepCapture’s exposé of Wall Street and the financial journalists who “tried to be players but became pawns.”
2) What you do is your choice: you may simply write newspapers and politicians (here is a page providing ways to do that quickly and easily), and get others to do the same. Maybe you’ll do some PR stunt (such as this). Maybe you’ll write letters to the editor, or do Youtube videos, or think of something entirely new and original (we hope you do).
3) Whatever you do must be legal.
4) Tell us what you did, using the widget at the bottom of Mark Mitchell’s story. That becomes your entry. Your entry can and should link to blogs, videos, audio files, letters to the editors, newspaper articles, etc. that document your efforts to crack the cover-up.
5) Multiple entries are allowed.
6) To crack the cover-up you may find it useful to learn more about this issue. The links within Mitchell’s piece are a good starting point. More detailed pieces appear on DeepCapture.
7) The community will determine the winners by continuously voting entries up and down.
8 ) At midnight, October 31, 2008, entries will be frozen and prizes awarded.
9) This contest is scheduled to run until midnight, Utah time, October 31, 2008. However, it is an experiment and, like all experiments, runs the risk of producing unanticipated pernicious consequences. Therefore, in case some ill begins arising that we had not foreseen, we reserve the right to bring the contest to an early conclusion. If we do, we will give 7 days’ notice: when those 7 days are up, the entries will be frozen, and prizes paid based on the ranking of answers at that moment.
10) This list of rules may (and likely will) be amended. Why? Because this contest is an experiment. There may be some way to game it that we have not anticipated (“gaming” means “bending the rules in an attempt to win without doing the hard work of creating the public awareness of Mitchell’s story which the contest is supposed to measure”: for example, trying to hack the voting mechanism). Therefore, in case we discover people gaming it in some way, we reserve the right to modify the rules in midstream. We will not be capricious (e.g., amending the rules merely to handicap someone who had gotten ahead), but would do so only to protect the integrity of the contest for all participants. We’re the good guys. By entering the contest, you acknowledge this right and express your willingness to submit to our sense of fairness in these matters.
If you have questions about the contest, please post them as comments to this post. We will answer. But please review everyone else’s comments to see if your question has been answered, before you post another.
Patrick M. Byrne, PhD
Deep Capture Reporter