MISSIONS OF LIGHT SERIES
by Aspen – ABCU|8 team
“The research mission is fundamental to all the others. Researchers uncover relevant facts using open sources. Avidly curious like a dog uncovering buried bones, they dig and dig until their appetite for facts is satisfied. They share their findings with others on forums, image boards, discords, blogs, or social media, documenting their discoveries to make the information available.” 
Is this you? Do you dig research?
What to Dig
You will come across topics that are misunderstood, or incompletely understood. Trust your intuition. Some of these will instantly rise to the top of your personal priority list. If you’re not sure, jot down a few notes while perusing news feeds. This phase need not be too rigorous; there are many worthy topics and any one of them may contribute to the Great Awakening.
What sources do you scrutinize to follow current events? There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. In fact, our diversity strengthens us, as patriots fan out to cover different parts of the information sphere. You may find ideas on Facebook, Twitter, a favorite blog, alternative news, or even the TV. Twitter can be a goldmine of breaking news and opinion, if we ignore @Jack’s suggestions and select Follows based on content, relevance, timeliness, and affiliation. With experience, you’ll discern who to trust.
Use MSM sources with caution and a grain of salt—maybe a handful of salt. When talking heads speak in unison, that’s a Mockingbird narrative—sleight of hand that says “Look here; don’t look there.” When [they] want to guide the public into thinking a certain way, we should dig around to identify what [they] are covering up.
How to Dig
Try the Open Source Intelligence framework . Diggers assembled an enormous collection of research tools here . Different search engines may produce radically different results. Google editorializes and omits, based on paid advertising and current information-management initiatives.  Duck Duck Go may be a better choice.  Yandex.com’s image database is extraordinary. 
A screen-capture tool to snapshot work in progress can help keep the digs organized. Some prefer pen and paper, others a text editor to copy and paste URLs and longer text. If you like to work fast, don’t get bogged down perfecting your notes; you will have a better idea of connections and importance as the dig proceeds. You may want to share intermediate results to get others engaged digging with you.
Develop your own techniques for digging on people. Try placing quotes around names, adding a middle initial, age, state, address, corporation, spouse, area code, or any other piece of known data to increase the scope of what you can find. For family connections, try the obituaries or ancestry.com. Real estate and property tax records can be enlightening. Sites like LinkedIn  are quite useful if you can log in. It is amazing what one can learn without using any paid services. Vary the search type from web to news to images to mine even more data.
As you learn how data is organized—e.g. which department keeps records of births, marriages, deaths, real estate ownership, corporations, LLCs or partnerships—you will be able to dig deeper. Contemporaneous newspaper articles that are often not well indexed can shed surprising light on a topic. Some diggers specialize in financial data, digging into SEC filings, corporate press releases, or the tax returns of charitable foundations. Any of these avenues can shed light on people or organizations.
Sharing the Results
How to share the results depends on the needs of your target audience. Always include links to sources so others can verify your dig and pursue it themselves, should they wish to. A combination of screenshots, web addresses (URLs), text, and most importantly, your own description of what you noticed, is a good formula to get started. Tools like Draw.io help communicate complex information. Drawing diagrams that show connections among data items helps make the data consumable.  Digs that result in high-quality maps tend to get shared widely.
Stay tuned! ABCU|8 plans further articles on the other Missions of Light.
1. Missions of Light – Introduction, https://abcu8.co/2020/11/21/missions-of-light-introduction/
2. OSINT Framework, https://osintframework.com/
3. Research Tools and Techniques, https://8kun.top/qresearch/res/7680433.html
4. Google search engine, https://www.google.com/
5. Duck Duck Go search engine, https://duckduckgo.com/
6. Yandex (Russian search engine), https://yandex.com/
7. Flowchart Maker and Online Diagram Software, https://draw.io
8. LinkedIn Professional Community https://www.linkedin.com/