I’ve been “Rue-Skied”

On January 22, Semalt, a company which scans websites ‘for browsers’ for a fee, scanned my website for free.  They took my domain name and added their own stuff and created a new site address and scanned that address.

semalt site address screen shotThe scan was then provided to (or commissioned by) someone in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ghana.  Shortly after, I was ’email followed’ by half a dozen email subscribers whose addresses consisted of a string of 23 letters.  Those followers do not show up in my list of followers and I do not recall the email service used.

Semalt scree 2

With all that is being revealed about how the Russians are posting fake material on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, I am concerned that my accounts are being utilized.  This blog post is being linked to both my Twitter and Facebook feeds automatically through WordPress.  I was hacked through the WordPress app on my Android phone in 2016; it can be done.

The goal is to confuse and contradict so that we will grow to distrust our news media and even our government structures and institutions…like the democratic voting process.  In 2016, I did get confused with all of the contradictions in the news and their efforts were successful; I did not vote.

Even if we must resort to ancient methods of communication, like watching network news shows, reading printed newspapers hand delivered to our door, attending local meetings and talking to each other, checking our sources, and being shrewd and skeptical, keeping our eyes and ears open and holding our opinions close to our chests, we need not be undone.  We have been invaded, but invaded countries have resisted and overcome their invaders in the past.   We have the better motive, Freedom, on our side.

Call it ‘Resistance Aikido’

President Trump is intent on busting up bureaucracies and destroying regulations.  Before you protest, think.  Have you ever been hampered by a governmental rule, limit, or regulation when attempting to further your causes?  Although your interests and values may run opposite to Trump’s, you can benefit from his actions and momentum.

Here are some strategies I have recommended to local resistance movements:

When the regulations are dropped, push things through. Don’t wait. In the confusion, much ground can be gained.

Can you benefit from a reduction in ethics rules? For example, government employees are (or were when I was an employee) restricted from accepting fees for public speaking. If similar regulations get dropped, how can you benefit? What have you been prevented from doing because it may be misconstrued as being unethical? Are there people, agencies, or groups you can approach now that were off-limits before? Is there information or other assistance you can get now that was not accessible or was too-classified before?

What benefits, that Trump intends for the wealthiest few, can we get in line for? What about asking the wealthiest few to pass along to the needy what has now been lost. Are there members of the wealthiest 2% that support the weak, disabled, uneducated, marginalized, or poorly tended to? Would the wealthiest tech billionaires consider devoting the money and benefits that they will soon gain, by way of Trump deregulation, to (continue and further) the efforts to provide internet, cell phone, and digital information access to the poorest communities? Has anyone asked them to?

When bureaucracies are busted up, other agencies my be able to address issues (particularly if there is a law stating that said issue must be addressed) without lots of limits yet in place. For example, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the White House was restricted in what it could put on the internet (long approval processes) but a branch of NOAA had no such restrictions, hence my posting of data and analyses supporting VP Gore’s briefings on climate change. When we lose a government service due to the loss of an agency, try a work around. Ask someone else.

Will limits and restrictions on what is considered a non-profit be reduced or dropped? The ruling that political statements and endorsements cannot be made from a pulpit (because it calls into question a church’s non-profit standing) is going to be, or has been, dropped. Go to it. Start preaching from pulpits. Get church endorsements for legislation or community action. Take up collections for causes during the service. Both sides get to play by the change in rules.

Going back to capital punishment in schools may possibly be addressed. What works when kids act out? Is there a method that really works? Solitude? Time alone with music or inspirational messages? Counseling?  If school prayer is implemented, then try also school meditation. What about proposing teaching kindness as a required subject in schools? What about courses on cooperation and success? When they push pledging allegiance to the flag, make sure they emphasize “with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

Play their game. Use their changes. Call it ‘Resistance Aikido.’