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And the Man They Called a Global Internet Strategist

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Eric Dierker has served our fighting forces for the last 40 years in different capacities. Never a soldier. But providing support.

Precarious At Best

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Well it sounds like the man must be technical savvy. That could not be further from the truth. Internet is a strategic application. Our internet saves and kills many people. Our internet bypasses normal
“news outlets”. Our internet can help a run of the mill nurse do surgery in the outback of the Sudan. Our internet can cause freedom to reign in Egypt. Our internet will bring down the regimes of North Korea and Iran. We are talking some cool stuff here. It brought Vietnam out of Communism and into the UN.

Let us just say that this sad sap reporter hung out with a fellow who did this for a living. Met him in Nairobi first on a W.H.O. junket trying to get the govs to increase bandwidth to facilitate medical problematic issues. He had one of those scarves covering his face in a nasty sandstorm at a “radio” station. He was up on a pole bracing the techies legs so he would not fall off the tower. He had no business doing such stuff. So I clicked off about 30 pictures as the Americano’s death would bring news. Someone down below said the winds were at a hundred Kilometers an hour. He and the technician were laughing so hard when they hit the ground it was infectious.

No real good photos that day as they did not fall to their death but rather drank whiskey and smoked nasty cigarettes.

The next day was out of my league, in with a General of sorts swapping cash for favors I figure. Big old grins as they left the palace. I have no idea what was said but I know two more towers went up and guarded.

This fellow wore cheap suits of all colors and types. He had some vests he wore in 100 degree heat. I think it is called a fedora that was always on his head. On a flight “back” with him to Berlin I gave a 100 Euro to a guy to sit next to him. He was smoking a cigarette but not really. He said sucking on it gave him the same buzz. The crazy guy went into Greek Mythology about a guy named Edepous or something.

But what in the heck was he doing really. And why Berlin? His brief case had nothing in it. Seriously nothing except some deodorant and pen, pencil and a writing pad. I assume his check in had at least three suits. He kind of stank of Ethiopian food. But his bag already had a sauerkraut smell. Now that is just plain strange. I suppose if he was not strange I would have no story. He told me that the smell of the region was optimum.

Key Largo?

Where?

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So this guy ducks behind a pillar and grabs an innocuous taxi and then in 100 yards jumps out and is in a limousine. There was no way I could follow him, which I think was the point. But I am damn good at my job and flipped the drive – a lady some notes to follow the limo!!

Some kind of 5 star I could not even afford and drink at. But I went to the desk to inquire about this loose cannon and he had left me 60 for drinks and food. I reckon it was obvious he knew I was there. I was not to be deterred until security kicked me out.

A cheap joint across the street and I was on him early morning. New suit but no fedora. Something was afoot as he waved and looked at me. I was made for sure. But not shunned. Wait a second. The next stop was the Danish Consulate? I snuck in but had no clue. Then he came down some steps and told me to buy him lunch complete with beers. His story was off the charts about who he did business with. And he told me that it was not on the record until the cards were played, something from the “Gambler” by Kenny I think.

Well the cards got played and he was on the next flight to Houston. But only a stopover with a quick meeting and then on to Vancouver. Then back to LA and off to Taiwan. I was running real low on money. Somehow there was a ticket waiting at LAX with my name on it. Someone was wanting me to tag along, maybe even write about him but he was so secretive and I could not figure his angle. So he was headed to Hanoi and he grabbed my arm and said that he could break it with nobody noticing. By now I knew that was true. The man was out there above my thinking. I saw his tickets for Melbourne and Montevideo and knew I was only going to make it out alive with the truth. “Son do you know what I do?” “My job my friend is to kill. I kill for a living. I kill anything that stands in my way.

Tough

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“I kill all. I do not discriminate. I do not care who I hurt. I just destroy.”

A long thinking about dying there was for me.

But then the man said “I kill ignorance and will until I die”. You look for truth so here is a ticket to Melbourne let us chat. But son you cannot go where I go. But it is good you report where I go. My Asian name is Dr. Dierker and you are to accompany me with the meeting with the Prime Minister. But you only write and keep your damned mouth shut. We do not go here to demand we use wits in order to command. Better we listen than speak.

And so this wild story goes. Of course I am only the reporter and I have more tails to tell of this crazed international hooligan.

Now a global internet strategist cannot just use the internet to communicate. In fact that is a low priority. Though it is about the internet it really has to be about real handshakes, bows and even hugs. You may bow in Japan, hug in Russia, shake hands in England and none of the above in Vietnam. Africa is a mixture and you just have to judge the person.

Politics was the goal of the GIS. Get people to think that development was good for their power.

Religion almost played no role at all.

Money, sometimes bribes, played the biggest role.

Today people engage in political and religious debates on the internet. Ha ha in 2000. French people hated the bastardization of their language. English speakers sought hard to incorporate language from Hong Kong to London to Louisiana to Quebec. ASEAN is the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations. There official language is English. Pilots in the world use English as the control tower language. In 2000 if translation was needed the non-speaker was less than the other.

Indian English is British. Vancouver English is American – meaning not British and Australian English is a great mix. In Mexico English is Spanglish and in Brazil really some Portuguese thrown in. The poor GIS had to know how to say howdy in all languages. Oops “howdy” does not get said in LA or NY. So the GIS has issues as he flies from Taiwan to Washington DC or Washington State. Even the food changes. Ho Chi Minh City to Moscow will make anyone’s head spin.

Do not choose to be a GIS.

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    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 

      11 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh praise the Lord Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wait a second Lori, they just called and said it is a go ahead. My fine daddy told me that I could not dazzle them with brilliance so baffle them with BS. Life is good. And you are a great friend. Full remission from cancer so look out!!

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      Lori Colbo 

      11 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      You make my brain hurt. No idea what all of that is but have fun and stay out of trouble;)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh yes Lori. They have these called ccTLDs Very cool. They actually came from back in Telegraph day. But now they are "country code top level domains" Like you would think of .com. (Ours is .US obviously but like Laos has .LA which needs to be developed) I did .VN but I am thinking. I am thinking since I will be over there we should hit on .TH and why not Cambodia? But then I have to junket over to Euro dollars and marketing. The U.N. is being neutral, as they got kicked out long ago.

      My goodness I better publish the next chapter.

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      Lori Colbo 

      11 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, I am a little confused. You are traveling to do what exactly?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I am pumping iron and running and yoga as this next trip could take all the strength I have.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise we started making arrangements last night to shine a light in Southeast Asia. I wish it was only a job. But it don't work that way.

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      Devika Primić 

      12 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting life you had and you shared with an open mind.

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      Denise McGill 

      12 days ago from Fresno CA

      Wow, what a wild global ride. I feel like I've been globe-hopping and I'm dizzy from it. I think we forget that one hour of searching and reading on the Internet is like globe-hopping in a way. It makes our world a little smaller to travel.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And so I kissed them on the head and said "I love you" knowing that in a week I will be in Asia. Horses are not meant to be led they are meant to ride.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 days ago from USA

      Truth can be stranger than fiction. I’m with Mel!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Can you imagine me hanging out in Laos? Looks like in a month. Laos is DotLA or .LA. They need a tough guy to get it back from London. Vientiane is wonderful. Sidney a tough sell and Manila brutal.

      No Mel this is real.

      I have taken a decade off. But I am "pumping iron" and getting back into the game. A man can only spend about that much time solely raising a boy.

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      Mel Carriere 

      12 days ago from San Diego California

      I don't know what to think or say about this but it was entertaining as hell to read. I couldn't tell if it was fiction or non fiction. I know your spelling and grammar quaffes are deliberate. I think it says a lot about you. You truly could be said GIS.

      Slimy but satisfying.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim a confluence has ocurred. The saga will begin again. For real not just in print.

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 days ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent article, Eric. You are a fabulous adventurer and full of great true stories. I was reading the comments: If Tom Hanks can be a great Mr. Rogers, maybe he could be a pretty cool Eric. Respect and admiration.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela my wife told me last night that she was tired of me just hanging out. I know I have Zurich in the mix but I am shooting for Hong Kong where they have so much "unrest". Maybe Syria next. Point the jet I am on to hell and never look back.

      Hi-Tek will be my new gig. International coin brokers.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love William Defoe. But this second installment will have me as the bad guy.

      Now it is said my wife married me in 2001 for immigration status. Well by golly Gabe is 9+. And my feet itchy. Time to get back on the horse. A man has to be what the lady married.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an amazing story, which could be a screenplay or maybe even a movie. What an adventure! A life like this is full of intrigue and second guessing. It is exciting, I will give your that. It surely is interesting, Eric.

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      Lori Colbo 

      12 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      Haha Linda. Let me see, George Clooney for Eric and Wilem Dafoe for the bad guy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, two calls a day. Eric "we will make it worth your while". People just cannot do this stuff. Unless they are totally out there. Well I am out there. Maybe to Switzerland/Zurich on a Bitcoin deal. A small deal. But those banks are tough to negotiate with. But nowadays a quick trip unless it requires London. Those folks always have a say.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori I am leaving out the illegal stuff but maybe we cram them in. Moving money from country to country was a little dicey. Hit had to be hard cash. A Colonel in Zimbabwe did not take checks.

      I just cannot believe I am probably going back.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 days ago from Washington State, USA

      What? WHAT?! Eric, let's get Billybuc to write the screenplay. I'm wondering who to cast in the role of Eric? Harrison Ford perhaps?

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      Lori Colbo 

      13 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      This must be made into a movie. What a plot. A little bit of everything.

      The music videos were amazing Eric. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ruby,

      This crazy man Magellen named this ocean Pacific meaning peaceful. Sat./ Sunday in the breakers pummeled me so hard my boy let me take a full break on Monday. Peaceful my eye!! hihihi. I wonder if we are designed to surf after 60.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 days ago from Southern Illinois

      WOW Eric, you have led an exciting life! Weren't you ever afraid? You now lead a peaceful life ( Hopefully ) Peace and Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann. I wrote out a timeline for a fantastic mentor/school counselor who wanted to know. He called me a liar - LOL

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      Ann Carr 

      13 days ago from SW England

      Well, what a journey this is! My head is in a whirl.

      You spin a good tale, Eric, and I'm amazed at what you've done and your ability to cope with it all.

      Looking forward to some more about your life and adventures.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my poor poor family. Can you even imagine the worry. Our early battle for the internet freedom was brutal.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I now only consult on such matters. We are working on international monetary commonality through electronics now. They want me back in "the field" again and maybe so now that Gabe is older.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah you are correct in your assessment. The Internet is just a tool. Open communication is the key to freedom. In those days bandwidth prevented much. When we installed tower to tower wireless the rain broke it down.

      Look up ICANN if you have some time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary do not tell anyone but aside from some literary license this is true. I never thought of it as admirable. But maybe we have seen some lives enriched and regimes of ugly torn down. People may not know about 2011 Arab Spring were facilitated my the internet via phones.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Is anyone else having fun here?

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      My head is spinning and my mind cries out for more, all the while asking for oxygen so I can keep up with the fast pace. You are a whirlwind, my friend. The Flight of the Hummingbird, Part 1. Loved it!

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      John Hansen 

      13 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, no time for pause here, Eric. It seems a GIS's life is full of intrigue and jet setting. I can only imagine...what a dull life I lead...lol. Very interesting.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      13 days ago from Washington DC

      What in the world am I supposed to say to this, Eric, it has nothing to do with "Global Internet" as I read it. I would rather call it another 007 thriller with just enough to make one hungry for more and featuring Eric Dierker. Is it okey if I apply that tag to it?

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      Mary Norton 

      13 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting to know some of the happenings with GIS. You led a very prolific life and continue to do so. Truly admirable.

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