Faced with such a large amount of ciphertext the first thing you should do is look for repeating ciphertext strings. The first one that will jump out is.
Using the middle cipher key on page 6 you get:
The Δ is being used correctly this time.
The middle cipher key will decode the first block of ciphertext to plaintext as follows:
MOTIVATE INSPIRE DISRUPT AGGITATE
The word AGGITATE (GMMO↥G↥K) is a spelling error it should be AGITATE.
MOTIVATE INSPIRE DISRUPT AGGITATE is a spelled out form of the acronym MIDA. We will see a number of these in the ezine.
The text nicely encapsulates new MIDA's view of old MIDA who have ceased their armed struggle and returned to the negotiation table. In new MIDA's view they have become part of the very system they once fought against.
The author of this piece is _SHIDA .
You might spot the 4OΔG ciphertext string which is MIDA indicating that this block of ciphertext requires the middle cipher key again.
The ciphertext decodes as follows with logical spacing added and some educated guesses on unclear characters. Forward slashes appear in the ciphertext and are retained as is.
There are two spelling errors in the above text. The word UNWAIVERING (YS⬦GOZKXOSM) should be UNWAVERING and COMPLASENCY (|T4U↕GKS|-) should be COMPLACENCY.
One might argue that this adds realism given that this is an ezine produced by a revolutionary group. But then you might expect even more errors.
The text provides further insights into what new MIDA think of old MIDA, the current situation on Mars and that a new life awaits those who seek it as Runners out where THE LOST CHILD (Deimos) is located (Tau Ceti). A life free from authoritarian control. A life free from ARTIFICIAL INDIFFERENCE ENGINES (AIs). A life where people can have a better future.
MANIFEST INCITE DEFY ATONE is another spelled out form of the acronym MIDA.
Another cipher. If you have been decoding these by hand you will probably be able to do this one in your sleep. The first word is THE. Go for it.
THE WHEEL SPINS THE CAGE IN MOTION THE SPOKES POSITIONED TO ENDURE
This text reads like the treadmill of life metaphor. If something is mind-numbing or monotonous, it is called a treadmill. The perception is that whatever we are doing has no value, and what we are doing isn't going anywhere.
The author of this piece is _NWAR .
Interesting to note that NWAR is the name of a Duo Metal/Noise instrumental band.
Yet more ciphertext using the middle cipher key. Adding logical spacing and retaining the forward slashes the text reads:
DIGGING INTO RED SOIL
WE SPILL OUR BLOOD
TO WATER THE GARDENS OF PROGRESS AND PLEASURE
TO NURTURE FRUIT WE WILL NEVER TASTE
WHILE WORKERS BODIES DEVOUR THEMSELVES
AN UNENDING CYCLE
BORN INTO MISERY AND MILKED INTO THE COFFERS OF INFINITE GREED
PAST TIME WE TOOK THEIR TOOLS
BROKE FREE OF THEIR LEASH
TOWARD WORLD BEYOND
WHERE CHAINS CANT REACH
The term 'autophagy' comes from the Greek words 'auto' meaning self and 'phagy' meaning eat. Self-eating.
The text describes an animated gif which we will see later on in the ezine where a mine worker toils and sweats, his sweat is collected, processed and bottled, the miner drinks the liquid and contines to work. The unending cycle. Workers devouring themselves for infinite greed. Autophagy.
The last part calls for a breaking of the leash/chains and a new life beyond Mars.
MINING IMPLICITLY DRIVES AUTOPHAGY is another spelled out form of the acronym MIDA.
The text reads:
The author of this piece used the pigpen cipher to hide their name. The pigpen cipher is a geometric substitution cipher, which exchanges letters for symbols which are fragments of a grid (see below).
The pigpen cipher decodes to _ANONYMITY .
The text above uses 'refrain', a device particularly popular in speeches where a phrase or a sentence is regularly repeated. In this case "they say". Repetition is memorable. However, "they" are never named and the inference is that we are being told what to think, we are being controlled by "they".
The reference to scabbed sands is a metaphor for Mars and probably reflects the frequent mining (open wounds) of the planet's surface destroying its original appearance. MIDA also use the term in the description for their Twitter account and YouTube channel.
FROM SCABBED SANDS TO THE STARS
Interesting to note that in Destiny 2 there is an area on Mars called the Scablands. If you find your way there you will see a Marathon symbol in the sand...
On this page the yellow text is meant to replace certain words or letters. The text reads:
And sever their threads becomes sever your threads .
The text describes the metaphor of the puppet master. A person or group who secretly controls other people, as if they were puppets.
This is the first animated GIF in the ezine. It contains a total of 235 images depicting a face shouting or screaming. We will call him Mr. Angry and he has something to say.
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The reference to "comfort cage" appears numerous times in MIDA's writings. Comfort cage is an oxymoron, a figure of speech in which two contradictory words are put side by side to form a phrase. As a literary device, an oxymoron makes certain word combinations stand out. They tend to have deeper meanings and be more memorable. Oxymorons make the reader think.
Page 14 has the same text as Page 13 except the last three words are now more closely aligned with the main text.
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Last updated July 13, 2023