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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ban Hate Monger Valentina Lisitsia




Ukraine hate monger Valentina Lisitsia should be banned from entering Canada and performing anywhere in this country. This should be the stand of anyone who holds normal social values and abhors hate speech of any kind, period.

I could not agree more with the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress president Paul Grod who concluded an Op-Ed piece with: "The TSO is to be commended for their principled stand."

The question of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for taking the moral high ground is quite evident to anyone who had seen some of vitriol which Ukraine-born Valentina Lisitsia has shared in her twisted understanding of "free speech"! While she may reside in United States, for the time being we can only hope, the filth, disrespect and hate she spews out on social media, should be evaluated and qualify her as someone who should be refused the privilege of travel to Canada for any reason. As stated by Grod, "Individuals who proudly expound bigoted remarks should not be welcome to perform in Canada’s venerable cultural institutions that unite people of all nationalities, religions and ethnicities." Though, I would take it one step further and bar entry of her to Canada!

My first introduction to this gem of Moscow propaganda came to me from a piece by a talented musician and conductor Adrian Bryttan which dealt with the criticism of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko's use of the Ukrainian language. When I first saw this I immediately recognized a "underdeveloped Moscovite troll", and thus paid little attention to her!

Free Speech vs Hate Speech

There is always a fine line between what we can consider the right to free speech and where that right to voicing one's ideas falls begins to impinge on the right of others within society which one finds oneself. Valentina Lisitsia has while living in the USA has succumb to the propaganda induced world of Vladimir Putin, who like Goebbels and Putin's cronies of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) have two principles in their propaganda campaign:
1) The better the lie, then it will be easier for those to believe it. (Goebbels)
2) There must be many lies, in order that a person chooses between a lie and a lie and not between a lie and the truth. (FSB of Russia)
Lisitsia, may have become a victim of her own miserable childhood while still in Ukraine,
Lesitsia-fatheror has fallen for Moscovy's labels of obfuscation, which has increased since the rise of Tsar Putin. Maybe this young misguided woman should be reminded how many Ukrainian women were raped by Russian Soviet soldiers!

While hate monger Valentina Lisitsia used the troll army of Putin to try to defend herself in anti-Ukraine and anti-Ukrainian statements, I wonder if she was ever aware that her statements and those of her criminal cohorts were public, and she planned to come to Canada?

Some may wonder why I state this, while I will let its interpretation open to the bodies that make decisions of admittance to Canada by people who have an intent or propose the annihilation of a particular group of individuals. Valentina Lisitsia, in my professional opinion has never been known as a pianist. Damn, the first time I heard of her through professional musicians was because of her hate and not talent.

Those who have been brainwashed by Moscow's propaganda program often labels Ukrainian patriots as Banderites, a twisting of Moscow's history, as Nazi collaborators and Moscow continues to use this dirty game decades later. It is probably factual that Moscow's version of the Nuremberg Trials were redacted in such a way that did not exonerate the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukraininska Povstanska Armia) as the original documents stated of any collaboration with the Nazi of the Third Reich. This is something I heard from a number of historians while living in Ukraine, and it would not surprise me one iota!

If this is the case, then how can we construe Lisitia's statement of using "Banderites" as fuel instead of coal for fuel as something evil and aimed at this very moment anyone who is a patriot of Ukraine. Why do I say this, because over the last year, many people in Ukraine - even Russian speaking individuals have been learning the truth about Stepan Bandera and his cause for a nation. To call for the burning of such individuals is a call for genocide!

Under the Canadian Criminal Code we find the following:
Hate Propaganda
Marginal note:Advocating genocide

318. (1) Every one who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

Definition of “genocide”

(2) In this section, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely,

(a) killing members of the group; or

(b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.
This is just the tip of the iceberg by this "pianist". Just one other piece of Moscow's "fifth column" of useful idiots in North America.

The Nitty Gritty

Some of the finer points of Ukraine hater Lisitsia have been compiled by Julia Davis, at Examiner.com with quite the apropos title: Valentina Lisitsa’s vitriol: Nazi rhetoric or music to your ears?

When you see some of the statements this poor abandoned and sick child of the Russian Soviet legacy, you will clearly understand that hatred, bigotry and racism are things that are taught! While there are societal misfits in Canada like Terry Tremaine and much earlier James Keegstra, there is no reason that we should allow such a bigot into Canada.

Let us take a look at some of those statements made by this artist who is following in the propaganda footsteps of Goebbels, and her own beloved Russian Putin!

When we look into the vitriolic statements made by our wonderful pianist whore of Putin, this is what we find as a statement: “In a new, European, Ukraine the camps will give their subhumans condemned to gas chambers an opportunity to offset their carbon footprint.” So, you folks out there what do you think of such a statement? You figure it out! That is just one of her statements! Let's take a look at some of her others. In particular her perfect judgement of Ukrainian customs and those of what she considers sub standards in Africa. There is a clear and valid statement of racism in this sub-human-pianists ideas:JuliaDavis-tribal-dressSo why should such visions of Valentina Lisitsia's view of Ukrainian culture and her statements be accepted in North America; should any individual with some strain of values be accepting such a low level pianist in Canada or even to be living in the United States. This is someone who should be be stripped of her US citizenship if she has it, and if not, be never be allowed to even live in the USA or enter any civilized nation.

So what does that leave her? Return to her lovely nation of Russia that she seems to love so much!

Banning Hate Mongers

While the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has taken the moral high ground they are not the only ones. In fact there are at least two musicians who feel a need a zero tolerance level for the likes of Valentina Lisitsia. However, when I read Adrian Bryttan's piece in EuroMaidan press entitled back in October of 2014 entitled: Demonstrators Protest Anti-Ukrianian Pianist Valentina Lisitsia he had my attention regarding the evil coursing through the veins of this "woman". More recently was pianist and music critic John Bell Young wrote an excellent piece aimed at the community which follows classical music an often pays very well for concert tickets.

The Hate Mongering Valentina Lisitsia must be banned from Entering Canada

Mr. Bell Young wrote wrote on April 10, 2015 in what he subtitled AN URGENT MESSAGE "Any association, particularly a paid engagement, with an individual such as Lisitsa will likely be perceived by the public as an implicit endorsement, suggesting the hiring venue may be in league or complicit with her racial biases...Perhaps even worse is that a public figure such as Lisitsa has chosen to use her position to spread hatred wherever she goes, and then expects the public not only to put up with it, but to compensate her through its purchase of concert tickets and recordings."

As a professional, Mr. Bell Young has hit the nail right on the head, and all communities in Canada should follow his lead. According to a piece in the Toronto Star by The Canadian Press "Lisitsa will perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in June as scheduled." This should not be allowed to happen given the hate and evil which this "pianist" represents. It is up to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to grow a spine an cancel the performance of this racist animal that was resents her father who was Ukrainian and for other authorities to ban her completely from entering Canada for any concerts. Besides there are plenty of better quality talent who sill live and reside in Ukraine and who are much more positive in their approach to life.

It is time for the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and its president Paul Grod to follow the lead of Mr. Bell Young who also stated in his piece, where he is reach out to the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, to refuse her performance: "In addition to your organization, we have also reached out to local broadcast and print media in Washington State, as well as those in the locations of other venues that have engaged her. We have also been in touch with national and local chapters of the Anti Defamation League, B’nai B’rith, the NAACP, and LGBT so as to advise them of Lisitsa’s racist remarks and rancorous, inciteful hate speech. We have advised these organizations about Lisitsa’s upcoming engagements, and those venues responsible for engaging her."

Such a hate monger should not only be refused to play in our excellent cultural facilities which aim to unite as stated by Paul Grod, she should be refused entry into Canada.

Time for those who have testicles to make some proper calls, she is but a part of Putin's "fifth column" which has been fooling most of the West. Wake and smell the shit that Putin is planting at your door step, before it is too late!

Vasyl Pawlowsky
Independent Consultant

The commentary of this was first published on the WPawlowsky.com site.

Monday, May 18, 2015

West Will Not Arm Ukraine With Lethal Weapons


So the West will not arm Ukraine with lethal weapons, and I personally think this is a bad investment for security in the region. Don't worry, contemporary Ukraine and its friends will find a way to arm itself. The West has been anally hesitant on helping Ukraine to defend itself against a clearly aggressive neighbour called the Russian Federation, which I would much rather label as Moscovia, a failed state. The current behaviour of Putin and his entourage of the Kremlin is based on pseudologia fantastica or simply a bunch of lies which has been the basis of Russia for the last three centuries.

While many Western nations sit on the sidelines and wonder what is going on in the Donbas region of Ukraine, and get their information form Moscow sources, fed through Moscow's proxies, there are a number of nations that are standing up to Moscovia in different manners.

While the West continues to state it will not arm Ukraine with lethal weapons, the East, namely Japan, has stated in short "that we should be silent about arming Ukraine". In short it is no one's business but Ukraine and its supports to know.



https://twitter.com/OWawryshyn/status/585115548457009152

This is the first and only intelligent comment I have heard from any foreign nation that has openly stated that is supporting Ukraine in its efforts to ward off an aggressive Russia hell-bent on truly destroying the Ukrainian state, as it has been for the last three two four centuries.


A Sick Approach to Self Annihilation



I have plenty of times stated that Vladimir Putin and his philosophical scum-lord Alexander Dugin are individuals with "genocidal tendencies", and that being said let's not forget either Dugin's statement below and who Putin holds as his heroes. In case you haven't seen some of the statements of Dugin, take a look at this:

https://twitter.com/2111015/status/579064383952826369

Dugin's is not made up, and he has stated this on more than one occasion. He is simply an animal and I will quote a well known animal behaviourist at this time, because, just having re-read one of his seminal works forty years later, I understood one very clear statement in the concluding chapters of Konrad Lorenz's book King Solomon's Ring where he stated the following:

Wordsworth is right: there is only one being in possession of weapons which do not grow on his body and of whose working plan, therefore, the instincts of his species know nothing and in the usage of which he has no correspondingly adequate inhibition. That being is man. With unarrested growth his weapons increase in monstrousness, multiplying horribly within a few decades. But innate impulses and inhibitions, like bodily structures, need time for their development, time on a scale in which geologists and astronomers are accustomed to calculate, and not historians. We did not receive our weapons from nature. We made them ourselves, of our own free will. Which is going to be easier for us in the future, the production of the weapons or the engendering of the feeling of responsibility that should go along with them, the inhibitions without which our race must perish by virtue of its own creations?
This being the case it does not surprise me that that former adviser to Vladimir Putin would state:

https://twitter.com/UmlandAndreas/status/585343259280539648

While the barbarians of Muscovia have no innate desire to be compassionate to their so called "little brothers" in Ukraine, I think this will lead to their own downfall. The Grand Duchy of Muscovia has had grumblings from Siberia and has been successful any form of a national uprising in those geographic territories; though with the price of crude at what it is and with sanctions on Iran potentially being lifted this could cause crude to tumble even lower. In turn, this would give Putin and his criminal regime another good kick in the testicles, for an economy based on $110 plus crude price.

I've been aware of the frailty of the Russian Federation for over ten years now, much of this is now being echoed by simple union leader, Polish President and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa - that democracy will not come to Russia under it's current borders, In hearing his statements I understand that the discussions I had with fellow journalist/analysts in Kyiv many years ago was not for nought! It became clear to us , in speaking with a journalist friend's cousin, who works for Russia's border services, somewhere near Blagoveschensk or Chita, nowhere close to the Grand Duchy of Moscovia. Here, my friend's cousin stated, that there where many near-border settlements comprised of nearly completely of Chinese nationals involved mainly in questionable trans-border trade. That was back in 2005 and he claimed that the number of Chinese entering those regions far surpassed the number that were going back to China.


The Baltics, Diasporacentric and Expats



While many EU countries have been sitting pretty and being flip-floppers regarding there support of Ukraine for a number of different Eco-political reasons; the Baltic countries, well aware of the psychosis of Muscovy have stepped up to the bat with out a question. The presidents of Lithuanian and Estonia respectively, Dalia Grybauskaitė and Toomas Hendrik Ilves have been extremely vocal in their support of Ukraine in their Twiterplomacy, but they are not the only ones in the region.

Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2006-2014), member of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of World Policy, has long been a vocal supporter of Ukraine. Though I know of at least one other of his compatriots living in Ukraine who at time can be extremely vitriolic towards Muscovia and I have a great deal of respect for him for his comments:

https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/581771614775324672

While Anders lives and works in Kyiv, there are plenty of others who are of the diaspora ilk who have been contributing to Ukraine's cause. Some are personally know to me and I even provided Mark MacKinnon of the Globe and Mail whom I met years ago, with many of these contacts for this great piece on how Canada's diaspora has been contributing to the cause in Ukraine.


https://twitter.com/erlhel/status/574954384553025537


The Ukrainian community in Canada is one thing, but that same community must understand that Prime Minister Harper is on the cusp of an election and most of what he has been pandering are but red flags for the bulls during the upcoming general elections in Canada. The Ukrainian diaspora community should be taking the current government's actions with a grain of salt.

It is all very nice to send all kinds of non-lethal aid to Ukraine, but sorry, I think they can help themselves in that field at an extremely lesser cost in fact! This has been proven by the countless crowd-sourcing campaigns that are ongoing both in many Ukrainian diaspora communities and in conjunction with the crowd-sourcing community in Ukraine that has provided a great deal of support for Ukraine of a non-lethal type; however, it is time to change our train of thought.

Criminal Dismemberment of the Military Industrial Complex



Much of the bullshit that is going on right now in the eastern most regions of Ukraine and in other parts is due to the breakdown of international law. The Budapest Memorandum failed! Not a single nation that supported and signed that agreement on December 5, 1994 seemed to give a shit when "little green men" found their way into Crimea for its annexation! Most normal nations and people were saying: "What The Fuck!". However, not the signatory countries!

While the Budapest Memorandum stripped Ukraine of its nuclear arsenal, we saw a rapid decline in military spending in Ukraine. It is no secret that when Viktor Yanukovych came to power, he not only usurped constitutional power, he very quickly destroyed Ukraine's military and in fact may have formed Ukroboronprom, the Ukraine Defense Industry, on December 9, 2010 with a goal of centralization of the military industrial complex. In short, this centralization, may have been used for gaining great profits by Yanukovych and his cronies, while disassembling military personnel - there may have been an increase of exports with him and his criminal elite skimming as much off the top as possible.

However, it is not secret that Ukraine Defense Industry has a number of technologies that some have been requesting the West to provide to Ukraine. Nevertheless, has anyone ever considered the Skif ? This seems to be a comparison of the USA produced Javelin! Armaments are not my speciality; however, it may be time for innovative investors to start arming Ukraine in a silent manner as suggested by Ambassador Shigeki Sumi. Maybe this is just one of Ukraine's technology that needs a push forward in order that Ukraine can defend itself.

While, these heavy weapons may exist, there could be a possibility in light arms!

Kalashnikov has become a brand name of terrorists there is no reason why products of the company Fort in Ukraine, which supplies light arms could not be invested in. As a state owned company it may not be possible, but if the state changes its direction this may be possible, only time will tell. It seems that the company already produces its Fort 401 under licence from Israel.

Yes, while Ukraine has been kind of fallen to playing second fiddle as an arms exporter, maybe it is time that those interested in this terrible business, start, like Ukraine's diaspora in arming Ukraine so it can defend itself from the scum which I call Moscovia!



Vasyl Pawlowsky
Independent Consultant

The commentary of this was first published on the WPawlowsky.com site.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Social media and information warfare: A Thunderclap Case Study




There should be no doubt in any sane individual's mind that Russia is waging a very hybrid war against Ukraine, which includes social media and information warfare, with all its trolls and scum that try to distract those working in Ukraine's interest from being positive. As pointed out by Paul Goble, Vladimir Putin is clever but not very creative. Just as he uses the Goebbels play book of propaganda, he has used Joseph Stalin's hybrid warfare playbook.

From what I experienced last week on social media the trolls have really gotten under the skin of some individuals who are concerned about the well being of kidnapped Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and one in particular who started the Million Tweets campaign for her release with the hash-tag #FreeSavchenko. Clearly, when the trolls discovered that this campaign existed they began subversive moves in creating hash-tags which looked very similar to the campaign's hash-tag. If one was not careful and aware, they would inadvertently re-tweet these "troll-injected" hash-tags and thus in principle stealing from potential number of tweets that the #FreeSavchenko Twitter Storm campaign. The lead on the Twitter Storm campaign clearly was annoyed with this theft, which he claimed was a hack of Twitter by Moscow. In focusing his energy on dealing with this he was distracted from his main goal, to raise the awareness of Nadiya Savchenko's plight in a Moscow remand prison who had started a hunger strike on December 13, 2014.

I personally had been involved in this Twitter Storm campaign, but had made a conscientious decision to also drive the Thunderclap campaign started by a fellow Canadian living in Kyiv. This second campaign which I backed and drove became extremely successful and even got coverage on UAToday, a recent media project of Ihor Kolomoiskyi. The reaction of some involved in the #FreeSavchenko Twitter storm was extremely surprising to this airtime, was nothing short of childish. I vented about their reaction on Twitter but here I hope to lay the facts to bare, both as why a Thunderclap campaign can be an example of working smarter not harder, and some lessons learned from the two different campaigns I have run.

Why to @ThunderClapIt and my Ukrainian cases


The day after Yanuckovych's storm-troopers descended on students who voicing their interest in the move towards standards of the European Union, on Ukraine's Independence Square, I was contacted by a friend living in Kyiv in order to start, what was called a Thunderclap campaign to reach as many with one simple message. "Ukraine's government has gone too far. Bloodshed is not a a democratic value! Ukraine's people want to be in Europe."

For those of you who don't understand how Thunderclap works, here is a very simple explanation.

Thunderclap allows for those involved in social media, right now on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter to amplify their social reach through asking their contacts, followers and friends to lend their social contact to the particular Thunderclap. This is very personal when in doing so because most have a hard time in sharing their social reach. I can understand most people for not doing so, however, I still feel that those who are overly anal on this issue is totally out of touch with reality. If you are a person of interest of any security agency globally they have already hacked all your social media accounts. So don't worry about joining Thunderclap! You really are not a person of interest, unless you are ready to commit terrorist acts, or someone who is trying to battle Moscovy's trolls.

One of the biggest problems with Thunderclap is that when you invite others to lend their social reach, that is pretty intrusive for most. However, like I mention above, most are a little too paranoid about sharing such social reach. Such paranoia leads to health problems, so stop it.

Before, I will launch into the case of this Thunderclap I would like to share some the reasons for using a Thunderclap in the realm of social media. This is totally for the free version of Thunderclap, as I am certain if I had a sponsor to conduct my project I may have been able to determine many more interesting insights to this technology and social interaction on social media.

Reasons for using Thunderclap
  1. You have a dead line to announce an event. You want many thousands if not millions of people to know about your message at the same time. The deadline helps get your solitary message out at one particular time and it is shared at that time by all those that support the message;
  2. You need people go to a particular URL- you have a live event and you want to get people there regardless where they are on this big blue marble, you have to create a message that will be shared to visit that online event. By sharing your social reach you can reach out to thousands of more individuals than you could yourself or through your friends and organizations;
  3. Short and Tweet compliant message. This means you are with in the 140 character limit set by Twitter, you must be short and sweet in you final message. It will resonate to all those who lend their social reach to you.
  4. While the Thunderclap message may not be something that could be edited effectively for disseminating a message, it could be effectively be used to guide those in the cause to help distribute other pre-prepared messages from a particular website.
Amongst these mentioned reasons, it is very important to work smarter and not harder. While I know there are people out there that don't like my stance on this, that is their problem not mine.

Measuring Success With Thunderclap

Unfortunately measuring of success with many social media initiatives is truly impossible, the social reach one obtains with Thunderclap is very clear.
  • When you set your initial goal of social reach with Thunderclap, you will know throughout your campaign what percentage of your goal has been reached;
  • There is no second guessing and the entire social reach will receive on your dashboard;
  • Your reach, or access to a particular site will be measurable in an ongoing and final methodology.
As mentioned earlier, I was personally involved in driving two Thunderclap campaigns. Measuring success is very different because of both their causes and their goals.

The first campaign was very ambitious, and lets provide some reason why this was the case.

For any Thunderclap campaign there are a possibility of three different goal levels of supporters for your cause and who you believe will end their social reach to your campaign.
  • 100 supporters;
  • 250 supporters;
  • 500 supporters.
These are key components when structuring your Thunderclap campaign, and many people, particularly venturing into this very new domain where there is a trust matter have to consider. Just how many supporters can you bring into your particular Thunderclap cause?

Understanding this number as a goal in starting a Thunderclap campaign is probably one of the most important factors which will determine success or not! Simple!

During our first Thunderclap we attempted to reach 500 supporters, the two of us running the campaign really thought this was possible though we were mistaken. Looking back over the last year I can understand there were many different reasons why this didn't happen, they included, but not limited to:
  1. Not clearly understanding how suspicious users are of sharing their social media in any way, shape or form;
  2. Along with this was the problem of just how naive users are about how technologies actually work, information technology education is in fact lacking in society as a whole;
  3. A clear marketing campaign had not also been developed to market the Thunderclap campaign itself to explain the technology and how it works.
The first campaign reached a social reach of 188,975 individuals with 53% for of our goal of the number of supporters. As a result of not meeting or goal for the number of supporters not being met by 100% our message that was to go out to every individual within the social reach of 188,975 individuals was never Thunderclapped, and thus could be considered an unsuccessful campaign; however, the lessons learned during that campaign were invaluable in running the second campaign which became an information warfare tool in ensuring more people heard a very simple and plain message.

Doing it right for your cause

When I came on board to lead the second Thunderclap campaign, the cause to me was just. It was to make as many people globally aware of Nadiya Savchenko by sending out a single message to as large of a social reach as possible using the three social media platforms supported by Thunderclap: Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Unlike the first Thunderclap I had driven, the goal was much more reasonable and attainable based on our previous experience a year earlier where we had attained 53% of 500 supporters, or 265 individuals and their entire social reach of 188,975. This time we had set our goal for 100 supporters who would be willing to lend their social reach to our very simple message: "Unite with Ukraine to #FreeSavchenko from Russian imprisonment Разом визволимо Надію Савченко із російського полону." I thought how could anyone not want to join very clearly defined cause that had been clearly trending and that I personally had contributed to.

Unlike the first campaign which I had driven, this time I avoided one specific thing! The hard sell! If I was to gain the social reach I desired from the start which was quarter of a million social reach as discussed by my partner on this project, there was no reason I should waste time on trying to hard sell someone. My focus had to be finding my social contacts with great social reach and those which I new believed in the cause. They would help and they did!

In particular there was one fellow, who contributed over 77K of his social reach to our cause, and there was one moment during this informational war where I went one step further than most would. Maybe some people remember a journalist by the name of Irma Krat. She was held from some time by the terrorists of the DNR in Slovyansk. Irma and I have been social contacts for some time and as I was inviting my contacts to join this Thunderclap I discovered that Irma had become a victim of Moscow's trolls on Facebook and had been banned. This pissed me off a great deal, because it had limited the voice of journalist.

I spent some time to get Irma out of Facebook purgatory, not because I needed her on my Thunderclap campaign, but because I have lost a number of journalist and activist friends in Ukraine over the years. By be-all-and-end-all was not the Thunderclap campaign but to be involved in justice. I think anyone who has taken the time to dig deeper into my pages will know I'm not new to Ukrainian matters. Those of you who think you are new heroes, particularly Alex Smith aka @GlastostGone - think again. Your ego like that of so many Ukrainians harms Ukraine and doesn't help it!

Results of a not so perfect campaign

Just as a reminder! A Thunderclap campaign is either ALL or NOTHING. I'd gone through a nothing campaign and now I was going through an all campaign. A Thunderclap in which I knew the social reach would be whatever it was knowing that the goal of supporters was attainable.

I am one of the first to admit that I am not perfect, though that in itself is a strength and not a weakness. I have learnt a great deal over my nearly twenty-eight years working with Ukrainian and other non-governmental and volunteer organizations. For the most part, I find most organizations in Ukraine much more professional than their counterparts in the west; however, newly formed organizations during civil upheaval are staffed by totally non-professionals who make inappropriate judgement calls. While I have evidence of this I do not to expose individual, but their non-professionalism really pisses me off. I had been approached by this organization to consult on both social media and potential Thunderclap campaigns. In all honesty the hypocrisy of these individuals is criminal to say the least!

While this piece was to look at how to use Thunderclap, it has and will become a way of exposing the hypocrisy of those trying to take advantage of a political situation. But no, I will not do that. The culprits know who they are. They are not better or worse than I am, they are just very misinformed and misguided in what they are trying to do.

If you are trying to increase a social reach or global understanding of what allies are trying to do, you to become an enemy of the state you are part of by putting down others. The Thunderclap campaign which I directed was covered on UAToday - not because we tried to push on TV but because journalist from that station contacted my friend and partner on this project - Luc Chenier. Yes, I know there are some of you who hate professionals, well it's time to soak it up. Take some time to listen to this interview to better understand what we accomplished:

http://uatoday.tv/society/social-media-activism-and-the-online-information-war-over-ukraine-406963.html

Continuing the conversation

"Changing the subject in order to change the conversation," this is the way that trolls work for globally. The Thunderclap that I was driving was very much aimed in that direction. This is a key element for any Thunderclap campaign. How to continue a conversation and ensure that it gets into the public eye!

In any Thunderclap campaign it is important to ensure that you get to the final goal. Though this is also the campaign that should exist when dealing with any type of media. I happen to understand old and new media, thought not as a professional but as a user. No, I am wrong, I understand all media better than most having been on the media divide.

So, I put forth the following posit! Why were individuals so anal about the success of our Thunderclap campaign? I hope that they are not afraid in entering into a discussion a little longer down the path. Some of the comments I know about regarding not even seeing the above mentioned TV segment is a enough to show the hypocrisy of NGO's in Ukraine. I have no need to do that, but what I do need to do is share my positive experience.

We were two individuals, with a desire to let the world know that Nadiya Savchenko was on a hunger strike and illegally detained in a Russian reprimand prison. Clearly there were some individuals who felt we were doing the wrong thing! Using a technology to disseminate information in a sensible manner! Sorry to the people we may have pissed off, but we reached our goal. You on the other hand, are still struggling and totally misguided in terms of social media.

While those who are misguided, there are those who do appreciate the work of professionals. In particular, my partner on this project, Luc Chenier, received a message from Ukraine's Minister of Finance, Natalie Jaresko on February 15, 2015. The daunting task that Ukraine's government now has after years of kleptocracy is a daunting one, the this is the shout out which a government official took the time to send.

 

Message From Ukraine's Minister of Finance, to Luc Chenier Regarding Message From Ukraine's Minister of Finance, to Luc Chenier on LinkedIn Regarding Our ThunderClap Campaign
Message From Ukraine's Minister of Finance, to Luc Chenier
on LinkedIn Regarding Our ThunderClap Campaign
For those who want to continue to deny that we are all a drop in the bucket towards positive activities contribute to public awareness about Ukraine, continue doing so, we know who you are; and clearly government officials also know that there are people who look at things professionally and who will continue to do so!

Meanwhile

For anyone, who wants to learn how to work smarter and not harder, take some time to follow the following very primitive flow chart.

A simple flowchart of how Thunderclap works! If you are wondering how to run a successful @ThunderClapIt I am more than willing to provide consulting services based on my experience and lessons learned. Please feel free to contact me.
The Thunderclap process!
I together with one partner, gained a social reach of over 350K, and it was not because we worked hard, but we leveraged the technologies that were available to us. You can see that particular extremely successful Thunderclap campaign here. I am completely ready to share more of the lesson's I have learned on how to complete a successful Thunderclap campaign, though for this we have to discuss these matters on a personal and commercial level.

I've don't have to be a hero for Ukraine, I've done my time on the ground. I will do things for Ukraine and others who can understand my knowledge and experience. I'm not a whore, and will never be. I know my value, and right now I can say that my value and if you try to put me down, it simply shows you are idiots and falling into the hands of Moscovy.

Yes, there was a political bent to this piece, but at the same time I hope someone out there learns a bit about Thunderclap as a tool in information warfare. Clearly, there are many who seem to not understand what side we are fighting. I hope they grow up and stop being children soon! The sooner the better!


Vasyl Pawlowsky Independent Consultant

The commentary of this was first published on the WPawlowsky.com site.