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The Yes Men need a sysadmin

p2pnet.net news:- Yes, the Yes Men are fakes. And that’s the way they like it.

They’re satirical impostors posing as large corporations or organizations (think: ExxonMobil, The World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical, etc) in real settings, highlighting their hypocrisies and contradictions.

“Much of their chicanery occurs with fake websites where they accept invitations to speak at conferences, with the press, or other public settings,” says Thessaly La Force, one of their most enthusiastic supporters.

“They got their start when they switched the voice boxes between GI Joe Ken and Barbie Doll before Christmas, and before that, when one of them added men kissing in the background of a violent video game.”

heh. Can’t be bad ;) But now they’re looking for a sysadmin, and to relocate their server,.

Why’s that?

Because 24 hours after the Yes Men joked that ExxonMobil planned to turn billions of climate-change victims into a brand-new fuel called Vivoleum, Broadview Networks, the Yes Men’s upstream ISP, shut down Vivoleum.com, turned off the Yes Men’s email service and demanded that they remove all mention of Exxon from TheYesMen.org before they’d restore the email service.

Says the group:

1. THE YES MEN’S SERVER NEEDS A NEW HOME.

Broadview Networks provides internet connectivity to New York’s Thing.net and the websites and servers it hosts, including the Yes Men’s server. Thing.net has been a host for many years to numerousactivist and artist websites and servers.

At the end of July, Thing.net will terminate its contract with Broadview and move its operations to Germany, where internet expression currently benefits from a friendlier legal climate than in the US, and where baseless threats by large corporations presumably have less weight with providers. At that time, the Yes Men and two other organizations with servers “co-located” at Thing.net will need a new home for those servers. Please write to us if you can offer

such help or know of someone who can.

2. THE YES MEN NEED A SYSADMIN.

The Yes Men are desperately in need of a sysadmin. The position is unpaid at the moment, but it shouldn’t take much time for someone who knows Debian Linux very well. It involves monitoring the server, keeping it up-to-date, making sure email is working correctly, etc. The person could also maintain the Yes Men’s website (which will be updated next week), if she or he wants.

Thing.net also needs a sysadmin: someone living in New York who knows Linux well. The Thing.net position involves some money and the rewards of working for an organization that has consistently and at great personal risk supported groups like the Yes Men over the years.

THE YES MEN AND THING.NET THANK YOU!

If this looks good to you, say Yes to the Yes Men at people@theyesmen.org.

And stay tuned.

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