About that "Cyber Thing"
If nothing else, when I finally do shuffle off this earth, I will do so knowing I have experienced some of the most interesting times in modern history. Including the era of "Alternate Facts". Having survived the many things I have, including the 70's, and online chat, I feel fully prepared to take on this new era. Fully experiencing online chat was great preparation for this funky new era. Ya'll really don't know the meaning of "Alternative Facts" until you have done chat. That's why I'm prepared for any "Alternative Fact" that can be thrown at me. I saw more "Alternative Facts" pass before my one good eye when I was chatting than you can shake a dozen sticks at now. I wrote about some of them. So when it comes to "Alternative Facts", bring it on! Hell, add a fake pic if you want. Goddess knows I saw enough of those as well.
Oh yeah and about that "Cyber Thing" Donald mentioned. I was running the chat rooms on the wonderful World Wide Web when that "Cyber Thing" had a whole different meaning. Remember dial up and AOL chat rooms? I do. Very fondly at times. After that it was HTML chat rooms. Those AOL and beyond days where there term "cyber" really came flowing from. Yes, pun intended. If you didn't get the pun, you have as little understanding of what "cyber" once actually meant, as Donald does. Or, the whole came flowing from thing, sailed over your head like a 747. Either way, I agree his son knows more about computers than Donald does. Then again, so does this blonde on an iPad.
When it comes to hackers and what he said about them, I damn sure crossed paths with several of them back in the day when websites were totally HTML coded. I built my first website in that era. I even once accidentally hacked into a bank while setting setting up a shopping cart CGI script. This happened because they didn't send me the email that contained a security link I was suppose to click on first. Technically, not even the best hacker was suppose to be able set up a shopping cart without first clicking on that link in the email. Yet without really knowing what in the hell I was doing, or even why, after hours of wrestling with that CGI script, I managed to do what not even the most talented hacker of that era was suppose to be able to do. And let me tell you, convincing the the bank, my web hosting company, and the Feds I honestly didn't have a clue how I did it, wasn't easy. I think I'm still on their radar over that, and a few other things. That's why I'm not afraid of Donald. If I ever popped up on his radar enough for him to say to the Feds, "You need to watch her." The Feds would be like, "We already have been. For years." Hell, given my radical ways, the number of politicians I've pissed off, and the accidental hacking thing, Trumps file may be tiny in comparison to mine.
Turn it back. That is what I'm recommending we do to survive the Trump Presidency. Turning it back is something a lot of Witches believe in doing when bad shit happens to us. There are lots of Magickal ways we do this. I'm not going to go into those though. See, it's not always about Magick with us. We are, for all our Mystical Magickal ways, a very pragmatic bunch. That may seem like a paradox or oxymoron to some. But really, it's not. Especially, when it comes to survival. We learned real quick spells didn't save us from dungeons, fires, and hangman's noose. So we got really down to earth pragmatic about surviving in a hostile environment. And make no mistake about this, even before Trump, we were already still surviving in a sometimes very hostile environment.
Turning it back, through spells, and in a very real way is one way we have survived. That's what we need to do again, in a very real way. Take those Religious Liberty Laws they have passed and are going to pass more of. Everybody is freaking out. But, the law cuts both ways. Never forget that. Wicca is a recognized religion in this country, therefore Religious Liberty, also applies to us. Now if merely providing birth control through a healthcare plan violates the religious right of a Christian business owner, then forcing a child to bow his or head head in school, and pray to God he or she does not follow, and whose parents do not follow, most assuredly violates the hell out of that child's Religious Liberty. Think about it. The Supreme Court already set this up.
Now when it comes to what everybody can do about some of this other bad shit going down, I recommend learning from the Tea Party. When it comes my bunch, you might say we are the original grass roots organization. We normally operate as quietly as possible though because we are still a religious minority, surviving in a still hostile environment. But, even so, we can get things done. Like have our religion recognized, and be allowed to use a pentacle on the gravestone of Pagan Veterans. We won the right to do that in 2007 after a LONG and bitter battle. However, if enough people of all religions, all walks of life band together, and do like we did, only a lot louder, like the Tea Party did, we can get shit done. Which is again, in effect, turning their own tactics back on them.
Now one thing about Pagans, we are for the most part, one of the most accepting and inclusive bunch of people there is. There can be a lot infighting at times over "the right way" to do a spell or ritual, or be a Witch or a Druid or a Whatever. I will admit that. But, we don't have any problem with gays, lesbians, bisexual, or transsexuals. We just frankly don't give a bat's bony butt about that. You are what you are. That simple. Which is why many of them are coming to our path. We also have a Never Again The Burning Times For Anyone thing going for us, so we are a sanctuary for many who are at risk. Witches know all about being at risk. We'll put the infighting away, and band together very quickly when it comes to helping and protecting those at risk. I am already seeing some articles encouraging people to seek help from us because of that. And because we do know how to survive in a very hostile environment. That's why I have written this. I am doing my part to reach out and pass on what knowledge and help I can. We are all in this together. Let's all come together and help each other survive. It's going to be a tough battle. Some of us won't survive. But, we can still survive as a whole, and in the end, win again. See, what you have to understand is we believe life is a circle. What goes around, comes around. Call us foolish if you wish. Just remember, we Witches are still here. Despite the best attempts of some to exterminate us.
Dear women of America,
There is NO safe space except that which you make for yourself. One Republican Politician has already grabbed a woman by her genitals, then laughed about it, said he doesn't have to be politically correct anymore, and that is would be his word against hers. Fortunately, surveillance cameras caught him in the act, and proved just how freaking disgusting that man is, and what he believes is acceptable now that Trump has been elected.
My advice to every woman reading this is get some pepper spray, and/or a gun, and God damn well defend yourselves against anyone who assaults you in this manner. STOP crying, STOP asking for a safe space that doesn't exist in this country, and never really has for women, or any minority. Otherwise, yes, you will one day find yourself as nothing but a sexual slave to Republican men who believe Trump's Presidency allows them to openly assault you now. Buck up ladies, and DEFEND yourselves.
Start pepper spraying, and if necessary, shooting men who openly assault you in the name of Trump. That's the ONLY way these type of men will learn to respect you because violence is ALL they respect. Now show them what you are made of, and damn defend yourself. Start openly carrying that pepper spray, and if it is legal, a gun, and let it be known you WILL use them to defend yourself because thanks to Trump, you are now a target for any man who wants to grab your genitals anytime he wants to. Only YOU can stop that. The laws are being changed as we speak to protect rapists more and more. Now get a clue. ARM yourselves ladies, with pepper spray, guns, whatever it takes to protect yourself.